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‘We Had an Outsider’s Perspective’: Sarah’s Foreign Visitors

Michael White

Michael White has been writing about popular and underground music, for publications in his native Canada and internationally, for 20 years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popkiss : The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Ric Menck affectionately recalls: ‘Alan McGee once said to me, “You were just a British indie kid, but you lived in America.” I really was into that shit.’Menck was indeed at odds with his geography. Living in Champaign, Illinois – a small...

Rethinking Independence: What Does ‘Independent Record Label’ Mean Today?

Popular Music in the Post-Digital Age : Politics, Economy, Culture and Technology

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Until the 1990s, the term independence had a certain descriptive value. It had been regularly employed by artists, journalists, and listeners to distinguish between different products of culture. This distinction was essential in the music...

The Problem of Knowing Too Much: Meta-Rock and the Anxiety of Influence

Robert Loss

Robert Loss is an assistant professor in Writing, Literature, and Philosophy at Columbus College of Art and Design, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Nothing Has Been Done Before : Seeking the New in 21st-Century American Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...A Reviled Species Emerges—The Meadowlands—Meta-Rock Q: How many indie bands does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: Never mind, you’ve probably never heard of them. Sometimes I let myself think that the hipster was conjured by the Wrens...

Post-Digital Music Video and Genre

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Video Analysis

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Digitization has had a profound effect upon the ways in which music videos are created and viewed. Various stylistic trends such as the integration of handheld footage and improvised street scenes drawn from amateur YouTube videos;Fabian...

Social Class and the Negotiation of Selling Out in a Southern California Indie Rock Scene

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music and Social Class

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...This chapter is based on an ethnography of a scene within the overall indie rock scene in Southern California. There are two loci for this study: the east side of Los Angeles, mainly a neighborhood called Echo Park, home to many bands...

Safe Harbour: The Wake and the Hit Parade

Michael White

Michael White has been writing about popular and underground music, for publications in his native Canada and internationally, for 20 years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popkiss : The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...In June 1989, Keris Howard began quietly worrying. Brighter had recorded their debut EP, Around the World in Eighty Days, months earlier, and it was his understanding that everyone was pleased with the results. Yet communication from Sarah...

Low-Budget Audiovisual Aesthetics in Indie Music Video and Feature Filmmaking

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Video Analysis

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...In this chapter I explore the interactions between music videos and feature films within the category of low-budget indie productions. I do so through the lens of authorship and focus on two particular directors who have moved between music...

‘Come to My World’: The Sea Urchins and the Beginning of Sarah

Michael White

Michael White has been writing about popular and underground music, for publications in his native Canada and internationally, for 20 years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popkiss : The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The Sea Urchins’ sartorial commitment was peerless. Everyone whose eyes fell upon them knew this to be true. As if a random assortment of zealous shoppers had unwittingly stepped through a space–time portal, transporting them from 1966...

The Afterlife of Sarah

Michael White

Michael White has been writing about popular and underground music, for publications in his native Canada and internationally, for 20 years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popkiss : The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...So all we’ll say is this: thank you, to anybody who’s ever written or phoned or whatever, thank you because … it really is all that – all the, um, heck – the, um, well – YOU – that makes it all worthwhile. And even if it’s true that most...

‘More than pets of multiculturalism’: Diasporic hybridity in Icelandic popular music – the case of Retro Stefson

Transglobal Sounds : Music, Youth and Migration

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...It’s only my second day at Airwaves and already I have some solid advice. Icelanders: do not attempt to replicate the music of the African diaspora, especially reggae and hip-hop. You will fail. Miserably and laughably. Be yourselves...