DIY : the rise of lo-fi culture

by Amy Spencer

Paper Book, 2015




London ; New York : Marion Boyars, 2005. Revised and updated 2008. Reprinted 2015.


Since the 1990s thousands of individuals have embraced the zine revolution and DIY music-making. Amy Spencer champions the unsung heroes and heroines of the lo-fi scene. A first comprehensive study of lo-fi culture and DIY production of records, CDs, zines within the alternative scene-including interviews with leading musicians, writers and promoters. The book focuses on the lo-fi movements of the UK and US, and across the globe, introducing the various communities who adopted the DIY ethic, the 1950s beat movement, Riot Grrrl, Queercore and Social Activism. Amy Spencer is a former zine-writer and record-label founder, current member of promotions collective 'The Bakery' and a key player in the establishment of Ladyfest, the UK's fastest-growing women's arts festival.… (more)

User reviews

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Why does this book suck so much?

It manages to make a fascinating modern Western subculture horrendously boring.

I'm not putting much thought into this review but am still having more fun than when reading this book.

The table of contents is more entertaining than what's written in the chapters.

It's full of grammatical mistakes. Who edited this book, and how did they allow it to be published with such glaring (and consistent) errors? I feel like I'm reading some dashed-off blog post, but this is ostensibly the culmination of years of research.

Despite only giving surface treatment to about a hundred topics that could (and have) filled libraries, each chapter still manages to feel like 20% content and 80% filler.

I would have been bored with this book at 12, which is saying a lot because I read all kinds of trash when I was 12.

So very frustrating. I wouldn't be so ANGRY if I wasn't also terribly disappointed, in a[n unfortunately:] personal way.
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Physical description

357 p.; 21 cm


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