Empire of Dirt
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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 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.
In chapter 1 the author discuss 'What Is "Indie"?'. A problem with defining indie is that any precise definition will exclude music and performers which indie fans and insiders feel should be included or include ones that should be excluded. These 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.
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- "Empire of Dirt". Wesleyan University Press.
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