About the Book

DIY: The Rise of Lo-Fi Culture

DIY: The Rise of Lo-Fi Culture

September 2008
Trade Paperback · 400 Pages
$15.95 U.S. · $17.50 CAN
ISBN 9780714531618
Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd


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“A veritable cornucopia of self-made worth… . DIY: The Rise of Lo-Fi Culture is a triumph from beginning to end… . Highly recommended.”—Trakmarx.com

“A … comprehensive guide to the evolution of DIY culture as we know it today.”—Bookslut.com

This exploration of lo-fi culture traces the origin of the DIY ethic to the skiffle movement of the 1950s, mail art, Black Mountain poetry, and avant-garde art in the 1950s. It follows the punk scene of the 1970s and 1980s to the current music scene. It charts the development of music outside of the publicity machine and examines the politics behind the production of “homemade” recordings and publications.

About the Author

Amy Spencer is co-founder of the creative collective The Bakery and a promoter of various music and arts events in London. She is currently launching a monthly club night for the band Electrelane. As well as working on her PhD about literary representations of London, she is a volunteer at the Museum of Immigration and Diversity in Spitalfields.