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The Paradox Of "Do-It-Yourself" In Unpopular Music

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The research that forms the basis of this chapter aimed to examine the workings of a small part of Adelaide's independent music community. Part of the initial interest in the independent music community was thus borne out of attempts to explain this stylistic diversity. What was it about this group that brought together their eclectic styles of music? What were the underlying commonalities of the community members that belied the apparent differences in their music? The chapter addresses these questions by discussing the democratic sphere of cultural participation that is expressed through the 'Do-It-Yourself' (DIY) ethic. In particular, it examines the manifestation of DIY and the aesthetic construction of authenticity in the form of lo-fidelity recordings. The aim of subcultural research is to examine and report the ways that subordinated groups of youth challenge and resist the dominant culture by creating their own meanings.

Keywords: cultural participation; do-it-yourself (DIY); independent music community; post-subcultural approach; stylistic diversity; unpopular music



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