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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press (10 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819568112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819568113
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"(T)he book turns out to be great fun, with excellent and recognizable analyses of the three different audience zones, the semiotics of where you put your backstage pass, the different rhetorical strategies used by people trying to get past the guestlist doorman, and the gender-stereotype-inverting role of groupies, or 'ritual practitioners.'"--The Guardian

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Wendy Fonarow is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California Los Angeles. She has worked for music labels including Domino, Reprise, and MCA, and is an active participant in the indie music community.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trygve Mathiesen on 11 May 2012
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One of the very best and most enlightening books I've ever read about subcultural music communities. Wendy Fonarow makes it easy to recognize and nod when she's unveiling all the tricks, the unwritten rules and rituals that keeps the indie community together. As a musician, fanzine maker and later author of punk litterature, I recognize a lot of the same ethos and traditions from my own upbringing in a punk community, and in that perspective, this is not only the best analyses I've read of indie music, but of punk as well!
Trygve Mathiesen (author of 'Banned in the UK' and 'Sid's Norwegian Romance'; Sex Pistols exiled to Norway 1977)Sex Pistols Exiled to Oslo 1977 - Banned in the UK - including exclusiv new Pistols photosSid's Norwegian romance - Sex Pistols Exiled to Trondheim 1977
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Humphrey on 13 Aug. 2008
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The numerous folded corners marking points of interest mean my copy of this book now sits on my shelf almost twice as thick as when I first bought it!
This is an extremely well researched book packed with funny, fascinating and provocative insights into the British Indies music scene.
Essential reading for anyone who thinks music says something about their lives.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Miller on 11 Sept. 2013
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Bought as a gift for my nephew, this is now his bible, he rates it very highly, I don't think its my kind of thing though.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jon ssh on 2 Oct. 2008
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I have to admit I know the author so am biased! However if you are interested in studying your fellow man, enjoy music, go to gigs, wonder why others do, why they jump around when you stand still, then this is the book for you. After years of research, and extensive gig going, Dr Fonarow has produced a fascinating book. It's also a good read! A classic!
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Professor Wendy 15 Aug. 2006
By Kate Baicy - Published on Amazon.com
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A brilliant read. It puts the development of modern individuals, from adolescence to adulthood, into a new meaningful perspective, as well as indie music within the greater context of human activity. I especially enjoyed the examples and anecdotes. The chapter on groupies depicts modern gender roles and attitudes that are too often overlooked in mainstream stereotypes. Her examination of musicians is hilarious as well as therapeutic and identifiable for anyone dissatisfied with the status quo. Her writing articulates the subconsciously absorbed culture and rituals with eloquence, humor, and insight. Her observations and discernment enhance the understanding and experience of music and culture. Thank you, Professor Wendy.
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EMPIRE OF DIRT helps define both the genre and experience 23 Sept. 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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College-level students of British music won't want to miss EMPIRE OF DIRT: THE AESTHETICS AND RITUALS OF BRITISH INDIE MUSIC. Its analysis blends ethnographic and socio-historic literature on local music communities and genres, comes from a doctor who has worked in the music industry for several major record labels, and offers results from her thirteen-year study of indie rock. From gigs and performances to behavior, norms, and music perceptions from both audience and performer perspective, EMPIRE OF DIRT helps define both the genre and experience of British indie music.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Jane Goodall of the Indie Rock Show 14 Dec. 2006
By Boris G. Kharas - Published on Amazon.com
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Wendy is the Jane Goodall of the indie rock show. I really enjoyed this anthropological treatment of independent music culture. She definitively describes the impossibly malleable subject of what is Indie. She identifies the zones of audience participation: from the sweaty body on body of the front, to the contemplative middle, to the indifferent bar area, and out to the home parlor of the retired fan.

A guilty pleasure for anyone who knows the scene.
Culture is Art 17 July 2007
By Proriver - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is necessary. This is for everyone from the musician to the music lover. It's for the anthropologist and the student. It's for the one who knows music is just in its accessibility to the masses and the one who insists it is popular culture and not fair game for academia. Professor Fonarow's brilliantly conceived piece of work will change your experience of any gig. You will be looking for "the zones" in every venue, redefine your conception of the "groupie," and see a sacred drama on the stage and in the audience. Fonarow allows us to understand the place indie music occupies in one's life and how aesthetics and metaphysics coexist to invite the idea of your music as your community and your culture as art. After reading this book, music will be participatory for you, whether or not you empathize with the indie ethos. The beautiful afterward (one I've read numerous times) is one of the most poetic endings of any ethnography I've ever read.
Highly recommended. 25 Aug. 2014
By Joe Omalley - Published on Amazon.com
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Highly recommended. Her description of the different zones of an indie rock show (the true believers in the front whipped into an altered state of consciousness; the aging fans with weary feet in the middle; and the industry veterans in the back) rings true.
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