After last night's partial fixing of the Wikipedia "indie rock" article, I found myself inspired to actually write a proper article on what the term "indie" means in music (to supplant the usual "this is what I like, I'm indie so this is indie" that is all too common there). So here is my first draft: Indie (music).
Now I should actually get some work done; that's what they pay me for, after all..
The start of the "indie rock" article still needs debogotification, though, as trayce pointed out.
Hi, I stumbled on over to your Lj via hazyjane. I really like your article on indie. I don't suppose you would be up for letting me put it into my magazine, "Splinter"? We're a new independent music mag and issue one is just about to come out - you can read a bit more about us on www.splintermag.com (bear in mind, the website is a work in progress so it looks a bit cacky at the min!).
I've made a few changes (correcting errors, mostly), may make more. It's a Wikipedia article, so it will evolve (and, of course, it'll eventually have other authors). Though you can probably use the one that's up now.
Oh Grud I just looked at the article for Kaiser Chiefs and my brain just about popped.
"However, after being dropped by their label, the band made a conscious decision to re-invent themselves with a poppier sound, which paid off handsomely."
"Dutch radio show Timur Open Radio on Yorin FM loves the band."?
The fuck? I haven't really felt like signing up to Wikipedia, because most of the articles on the musicians I'm pretty familiar with have seemed quite spot on, so I haven't felt the urge to "edit", but Jesus, the box-of-frogs writing here drives me nuts.
Ta. It probably needs more, like a timeline. And as David points out, it needs the weighty moral authority of references behind it to prevent ignorant people from replacing it with what they personally feel "indie" means.
Note to self: ship your copies of The Last Party, Time Travel and The Virgin Encyclopedia of Indie and New-Wave over.
What would you recommend for references on indie internationalism and the DIY aesthetic, btw? Is there anything documented that says that indie is anything other than punk rock/jangle-pop/another word for alternative music/this month's Carling darlings/anything not on EMI, Warner, Sony BMG or Universal?
Find someone with a goddamn huge fanzine pile and see what you can abstract? The Trouser Press online music guide? Stuff like that.
I gave away almost all of my fanzine collection a while ago ... the WA state library was very happy.
In the U.S. I noticed "indie" in college radio circa 1985, where some stations refused to play any music on a major label. Only true independent label music was allowed. At the center of this movement was Gerard Cosloy, whose Homestead Records was hardcore independent.
The music itself didn't have a particular style at the time. Later on "indie" became a shorthand for what white middle class college students were listening to, because they were mostly the people who went for the indie idea.
Yeah, and now he's doing some project at 12xu.net and writing a sports blog (?!?)
I remember him yelling at me on the phone when I was trying to get albums from him to give away on the air: "WE DON'T SELL DRUGS TO KIDS OR WHATEVER, WE'RE JUST A RECORD LABEL, WE HAVE NOTHING EXTRA".
The video documentry on K records traces the early history of the green line policy "shield around the K" is a good reference...all the people at KAOS radio at Evergreen College in Olympia with thier "green line policy" , OP zine, LMN (lost music network) and later on Calvin's label forming to carry on the work they'd all started.