Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Indie Rockers Are The New Puritans

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Religious leaders have longed scorned rock music but are indie rockers actually the new Puritans?

That’s the question posed in Empire of Dirt (Wesleyan University Press), a new “anthropologic” approach to underground, do-it-yourself music scenes.

The book’s author, Wendy Fonarow, earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from UCLA by spending the 1990s immersed in the independent music circles of the U.K.

She says the musicians and scenesters of England inspired her theory that the “indie” aesthetic is a modern “form of puritanism.”

According to Fonarow, “In indie circles, it’s much more democratized, even the girls who hang around these scenes are not ‘groupies,’ they are considered performers in the art itself.”’

She adds: “To be called a ‘groupie’ in that scene” is to be labeled “a hack.”

Empire of Dirt hits bookshelves in July.

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