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DIY House Shows and Music Venues In the US
Ethnographic Explorations of Place and Community

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ISBN 9781032049175
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
304 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

DIY House Shows and Music Venues in the US is an interdisciplinary study of house concerts and other DIY (‘do-it-yourself’) music venues in the US, such as warehouses, all-ages clubs and guerrilla shows, with its primary focus on West Coast American DIY locales.

It approaches the subject not through a cultural analysis of sound and discourse, as it is common in popular music studies, but primarily through an ethnographic examination of place and space. Focusing on DIY houses, music venues, social spaces, and local and translocal cultural geographies, the author examines how American DIY communities constitute themselves in relation to their social and spatial environment. The ethnographic approach shows the inner-workings of American DIY culture, and how the particular people within particular places strive to achieve a social ideal of an "intimate" community. This research contributes to the limited selection of Western popular music studies (especially regarding rock and punk) that approach their subject matter through a participatory ethnographic research.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Material and spatial constitution of DIY communities in the US. 

PART ONE. Physical place and social space of DIY music venues in the US 
Chapter One. Physical place and DIY house shows in the US
Chapter Two. Social space and DIY venues in the US 
Chapter Three. Private and public aspects of DIY spaces 

PART TWO: Geographic place and DIY venues and scenes in the US 
Chapter Four. Small college town DIY scenes: Davis and Olympia 
Chapter Five. Two Urban DIY Scenes: Portland, and Oakland 
Chapter Six. Sprawling metropolis: Los Angeles, and its fragmented DIY scenes 

PART THREE. Spatial constitution of DIY scenes and communities in the US 
Chapter Seven. DIY individuals, music groups, houses, and shows: assembling the local DIY community 
Chapter Eight. DIY touring practices: assembling the translocal DIY community 

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DAVID VERBUČ is Assistant professor at Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.