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Slanted and enchanted : the evolution of Indie culture

Author: Kaya Oakes
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2009.
Series: A Holt paperback
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Holt Paperbacks edView all editions and formats
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A lively examination of the spirit and practices that have made the indie movement into a powerful cultural phenomenon. You know the look: skinny jeans, Chuck Taylors, perfectly mussed bed-head hair; You know the music: Modest Mouse, the Shins, Pavement. You know the ethos: DIY with a big helping of irony. But what does it really mean to be indie? As popular television shows adopt indie soundtracks and the signature
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kaya Oakes
ISBN: 9780805088526 0805088520 9780805088090 0805088091
OCLC Number: 263065423
Description: xiv, 235 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Scenes from an independent America, 2007 --
Constantly risking absurdity : early independent networks --
Get in the van : punk roots --
Homegrown : indie regionalism in Berkeley --
Xerox, staple, repeat : the evolution of independent literature --
Like a velvet glove cast in iron : the independent comics revolution --
We're gonna have to be the band : Olympia, riot grrrl, and the great independent crossover --
Brighten the corners : the reinvention of indie rock --
Scan, kern, layout, print : indie publishing in the 21st century --
Hands on : the crafting and indie design movement --
Branded : the big indie crossover.
Series Title: A Holt paperback
Responsibility: Kaya Oakes.

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A lively examination of the spirit and practices that have made the indie movement into a powerful cultural phenomenon. You know the look: skinny jeans, Chuck Taylors, perfectly mussed bed-head hair; You know the music: Modest Mouse, the Shins, Pavement. You know the ethos: DIY with a big helping of irony. But what does it really mean to be indie? As popular television shows adopt indie soundtracks and the signature style bleeds into mainstream fashion, the quirky individuality of the movement seems to be losing ground. Oakes demonstrates how this phase is part of the natural cycle of a culture that reinvents itself continuously to preserve its core ideals of experimentation, freedom, and collaboration.

Through interviews and profiles of the artists who have spearheaded the cause over the years--including Mike Watt, David Berman, Kathleen Hanna, and Dan Clowes, Oakes examines the collective creativity and cross-genre experimentation that are the hallmarks of this popular lifestyle trend. Her visits to music festivals, craft fairs, and smaller collectives around the country round out the story, providing a compelling portayal of indie life on the ground. Culminating in the current indie milieu of music, crafting, style, art, comics, and zines, Oakes reveals from whence indie came and where it will go next.

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