DIY: The Rise Of Lo-Fi Culture
First released in 2005 by independent publisher Marion Boyers, Amy Spencer's DIY: The Rise Of Lo-Fi Culture is a documentation of DIY culture over the years.
"Focusing on the ideals of authenticity and empowerment as central tenets of DIY (or more specifically, the “lo-fi ideals of do-it-yourself culture”), Spencer outlines the way that numerous bands, record labels, and publishing ventures have opposed professionalism, rejected the mainstream, and taken cultural production into their own hands.", wrote the reviewer at Bookslut, September 2005.
DIY: The Rise Of Lo-Fi Culture covers many aspects of the lo-fi do-it-yourself scene. Zines, especially, have played a prominent part in this scene and the book contains interviews with zine editors such as G.B. Jones, Lisa Jervis, editor of Bitch, Ayun Halliday, editor of The East Village Inky, and others. The history of zines is examined as it developed, from its beginnings with the first science fiction fanzine The Comet, and those that followed, such as The Time Traveller; the early DaDa publications; the small press publications of the beats, such as The Floating Bear; right up to the importance of zines such as Sniffin' Glue, Maximum Rock N Roll and Cometbus to the Punk scene, J.D.s, Holy Titclamps, and Outpunk to the Queercore scene and Girl Germs and Jigsaw to the Riot Grrrl scenes.
Announcement at the Horse Hospital
Interview with Amy Spencer by Charlotte Cooper