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Punk Record Labels and the Struggle for Autonomy: The Emergence of D.I.Y.: The Emergence of DIY (Critical Media Studies) Paperback – 30 Apr 2008


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  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Lexington Books (30 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739126601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739126608
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.3 x 23 cm
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Alan O'Connor's "Punk Labels and the Struggle for Autonomy" is an important, detailed, and long overdue account of the business of hardcore and punk music in North America. By focusing on the business and personal relationships, and the ethics, that govern the labels that put out the music, and by telling the story through personal narratives, O'Connor puts a human face on businesses integral in the emergence and growth of the hardcore scene. Particularly significant and groundbreaking in O'Connor's research is his examination of the relationships among occupation, class, race, and gender in the American punk scene, and what these relationships portend for the possibility of social change through DIY values in punk. Using the work of Pierre Bourdieu as a guide, this book views the problematic punk identity through the prism of the labels that produce it and the companies that distribute it, and it is a must-read for anyone interested in the struggle for independence in the business of

Alan O'Connor's Punk Labels and the Struggle for Autonomy is an important, detailed, and long overdue account of the business of hardcore and punk music in North America. By focusing on the business and personal relationships, and the ethics, that govern the labels that put out the music, and by telling the story through personal narratives, O'Connor puts a human face on businesses integral in the emergence and growth of the hardcore scene. Particularly significant and groundbreaking in O'Connor's research is his examination of the relationships among occupation, class, race, and gender in the American punk scene, and what these relationships portend for the possibility of social change through DIY values in punk. Using the work of Pierre Bourdieu as a guide, this book views the problematic punk identity through the prism of the labels that produce it and the companies that distribute it, and it is a must-read for anyone interested in the struggle for independence in the business of cultural production.--Holly Kruse, University of Tulsa, author ofSite and Sound: Understanding Independent Music Scenes

Too many of those writing about punk merely gesture towards independent labels and their importance. Alan O'Connor delivers the full and detailed story. Punk Record Labels and the Struggle for Autonomy is a comprehensive look at what independence means for punk music in economic, social, and cultural terms. O'Connor has done his homework, expertly tracing the relationships between record companies, distributors, musicians and the music press over a thirty-year period. The book is analytical without being pedantic, and O'Connor has found a style which is both elegant and accessible. One of the book's many strengths is the way it brings the story of punk labels into the present, rather than stopping, like others do, when punk seemed to lose pre-eminence. O'Connor is up front about his personal commitments to cultural autonomy, but never loses his clear-headedness here. The result, in my view, is the first full-length political economic study of punk music, a very useful and well-researched work, which is never dull.--William Straw, professor of communication studies, McGill University

O'Connor's contribution to this scholarship is his emphasis upon the persistence of such DIY punk-inspired labels during the 1980's and, perhaps most surprisingly, their enormous growth during the 1990's.--Peter Dale, 2010 "Journal of Popular Music Studies "

About the Author

Alan O'Connor is associate professor in the cultural studies program at Trent University in Canada.


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