Empire of Dirt
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|Empire of Dirt: The Aesthetics and Rituals of British Indie Music|
|Publisher||Wesleyan University Press|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & Paperback)|
|ISBN||ISBN 978-0-8195-6810-6 / ISBN 978-0-8195-6811-3|
Empire of Dirt: The Aesthetics and Rituals of British Indie Music is a 2006 book by Wendy Fonarow.
- The title of the book comes from one verse from the cover version by Johnny Cash of the Nine Inch Nails's song "Hurt" ("and you could have it all, my empire of dirt"). Fonarow was given a vinyl edition of the Cash album American IV by Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records while writing the manuscript.
- The cover, designed by Matthew Cooper[disambiguation needed], depicts a typical indie band (2 guitarists, a bass player and a drummer all thin) in silhouette (see sleeperbloke).
- In chapter 1 the author discuss 'What Is "Indie"?'. There are some possible definitions:
- Indie music is the one which is recorded by independent labels and distributed via independent distributors. Records distributed via independent distributors qualified for the UK Indie Chart.
- a genre of music with a distinctive sound and style.
- music that communicates a particular ethos.
- a category of critical assessment.
- music different from other genres like mainstream pop, dance, blues, country or classical.
- Tim Jonze (Saturday 26 April 2008). "School of rock". The Guardian. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
- Emily Rose (9.06.2006). "Dirty indie: 'Professor of indie rock' Wendy Fonarow explains how 13 years of gig attendance spawned Empire of Dirt". Retrieved February 18, 2011.
- Elsa Grassy (2007). "Review: Empire of Dirt: The Aesthetics and Rituals of British Indie Music". Cercles, Revue pluridisciplinaire du monde anglophone. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- Dave Itzkoff (October 1, 2006). "Music Chronicle". The New York Times, Sunday Book Review. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
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