Punk Record Labels And The Struggle For Autonomy: The Emergence Of DIY (Critical Media Studies)

Punk Record Labels And The Struggle For Autonomy: The Emergence Of DIY (Critical Media Studies)

Punk Record Labels and the Struggle for Autonomy: The Emergence of DIY (Critical Media Studies)

Unlike studies that consider punk as subculture and style, this innovative book maps the field of punk-rock labels. Using the ideas of Pierre Bourdieu, it describes the social life of the field and the struggles of punks to live up to their ideals.

Review
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...

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