1st Edition

The DIY Movement in Art, Music and Publishing
Subjugated Knowledges

ISBN 9781138599000
Published April 25, 2018 by Routledge
276 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations

USD $51.95

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Book Description

This book considers the history of Do It Yourself art, music and publishing, demonstrating how DIY strategies have transitioned from being marginal, to emergent, to embedded. Through secondary research, observation and original interviews, each chapter details the peak period of a city’s subcultural activity and assesses the contemporary situation since the post-subcultural period circa 1995 in order to address the impact of globalized culture in the wake of digital and internet technologies. The book aims to challenge existing histories of sub-cultures by looking at less well-known scenes and movements as well as explore DIY "best practices" to trace a template of best approaches for sustainable, independent, locally owned creative enterprises.

Table of Contents

Preface Part 1: Creative Self-Reliance in the Post-War Period  1. We Couldn’t Get the Door Closed: San Francisco since 1955 2. More Love House Than Can Ever Be Repaid: Los Angeles since 1955  3. We Had to Make It Up: Dusseldorf after 1960 4. I Can Do That: New York after 1975  Part 2: DIY and Entrepreneurship in the 1970s and 80s  5. There Are No Barriers: London after 1976 6. A Radical Change of Gear: Manchester since 1980  7. It Was Not a Competition: Cologne after 1980  8. Maybe I Can Change a Block: Hard Core and Straight Edge in DC after 1979  9. We Felt Like It Was Our Space: Detroit since 1987  Part 3: DIY in the Age of Neo-liberal Capitalism  10. Poor but Sexy: Berlin after 1989 11. It's Going to Happen: The Glasgow Art and Music Scene since 1990 12. Rebel Girl You Are My World: Riot Grrrl in Olympia, Washing after 1991  13. This Locality Moves to the Internet: Moscow since 2000  14. The Power is Stronger These Days: Istanbul since 2013 Conclusion

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Dr. Sarah Lowndes is a lecturer at Glasgow School of Art. Her previous publications include Social Sculpture: The Rise of the Glasgow Art Scene (2010) and All Art is Political: Writings on Performative Art (2014).  Lowndes has contributed to art journals including Frieze and Afterall and to catalogues including Richard Wright (Rizzoli, 2009) and Dieter Roth: Diaries (Yale University Press, 2012).


"The author brings together a remarkably diverse set of creative ventures, such as bands, record labels and live-music venues, exhibition spaces, art galleries and bookstores, as well as magazines and publishing imprints, among others, while demonstrating  how  these  pursuits  reflect but  also, crucially, affect  the  social  and cultural environments within which they occur." -- Mari Valdur, University of Helsinki, European Association of Social Anthropologists