Amy Spencer - DIY: The Rise Of Lo-Fi Culture
A well informed study that champions the unsung heroes and heroines of DIY distribution in art, music, literary zines and culture.
This exploration of lo-fi culture traces the origin of the DIY ethic to the skiffle movement of the 1950s, mail art, Black Mountain poetry and Avant-Garde art in the 1950s, the punk scene of the 1970s and 80s, right the way through to the current music scene. Through interviews with key writers, promoters and musicians (including Bikini Kill and Bratmobile) Amy charts the development of music outside of the publicity machine of the large companies, and examines the politics behind the production of the many 'home-made' recordings and publications available today.
'Interviews with key writers, promoters and musicians (including Bikini Kill and Bratmobile) bolster this fascinating look at our cultural undercurrents. Spencer's book is a must for anyone who loves Indie and who wants to learn what independence really means and where it first came from.' The Book Depository