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Encyclopedia of Indie Rock (Hardback)
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Encyclopedia of Indie Rock (Hardback)

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Hardback 440 Pages / Published: 30/06/2008
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Independent rock, known as indie rock (rock independent of the major label corporations), is music dedicated to the art of rock: it's adventurous, eclectic, defiant, inventive, and restlessly creative. For over 40 years, indie bands have prided themselves on the back-breaking efforts of self-promotion, self-produced albums, homemade album cover art, and even, for the stalwart artist, self-run record labels. Encyclopedia of Indie Rock chronicles the history and development indie rock, providing students, scholars, and music fans with an extensive overview of the musical and cultural phenomenon. Inside this engaging volume readers will find over 150 entries on the singers and songwriters, producers, labels, and icons who have shaped the genre from the humble beginnings of lo-fi homemade records in the 1960s through the history of seasoned veterans who mastered the fine art of staying afloat despite every obstacle that the cutthroat industry threw at them. This work also includes a timeline; a resource guide, which includes recommended books and articles, Web sites, and festivals; and indices in both the front and back of the book to make navigation very user-friendly. Necessary and entertaining reading for any indie rock fan who has ever adorned their locker, backpack, or car with a band's logo, Smith captures the history and evolution of the movement in this thorough, illuminating encyclopedia.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313341199
Number of pages: 440
Weight: 1066 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 33 mm


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"The only field-defining encyclopedia to date, this guide defines indie rock practioners not as a group of unsigned musical artists but as tenacious do-it-yourselfers whose defiant resourcefulness sparked other independent creative movements. . . . Alphabetized entries run several pages and include band photographs whenever possible. Included are indie rock's subgenres, like shoegazing and sadcore. A time line designates 1952 as indie rock's spiritual inception. . . . Recommended for all musical history collections." - Library Journal
"In this encyclopedia, music journalists Kerry Smith surveys the history of this movement from the Velvet Underground, Talking Heads and Black Flag to Arcade Fire, Cat Power and the Decemberists. Most of the 189 entries feature bands and individual artists who have jealously guarded creative control of their own music and consequently led the independent rock movement. Other articles highlight music festivals and publications that have brought attention to the work of independent artists. . . . This entertaining guide will find avid readers of obscure musical tastes in high school, public, and academic libraries." - Lawrence Looks at Books
"Smith (freelance music journalist) covers 152 independent rockers and related topics. The entries and 1952-2007 time line both give priority to the period 1980 to present. . . . Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers." - Choice
". . . the Encyclopedia of Indie Rock is a fun read. . . . a K-12 or a public library would be the most appropriate place for this work." - ARBA

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