DIY House Shows & Music Venues in the US: Ethnographic Explorations of Place & Community

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DIY House Shows & Music Venues in the US: Ethnographic Explorations of Place & Community

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

It approaches the subject not only through a cultural analysis of sound and discourse, as it is common in popular music studies, but primarily through an ethnographic examination of place, space, and community. 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 sparse range of Western popular music studies (especially regarding rock, punk, and experimental music) that approach their subject matter through a participatory ethnographic research.

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