Building Recording Studios Whilst Bradford Burned
The UK punk rock ethic of DiY (Do it Yourself) has a considerable and rich legacy attached to it. Indeed, such a continuation has crystallised in the Bradford UK anarcho-syndicalist organisation, the 1in12 Club and is a testimony to such a history. This ethnography articulates research carried out by the author in 2001 and examines and accounts for the uneasy trade-off and relationship between the application of the DiY ethic in building a recording studio in the cellar of the club and the mundane application of that ethic during the daily practice of applying practical DiY skills (commonsense applications of that term). Such adherence by the participants to these ethics is not an easy undertaking and the descriptions offered here underline such difficulties in terms of recruitment of members, a lack of tools, faulty equipment, a lack of funding and completing the project under stressful circumstances. A crucial stage of building the studio took place whilst the Bradford riots of July 2001 were taking place adding to the tension of completing the project. Here I comment of the effect of the latter on the studio project and on the substantial success the Club and recording studio has seen post completion.
Citation : Gordon, A. (2012) Building Recording Studios While Bradford Burned. In: Furness, Z (Ed) Punkademics: The Basement Show in the Ivory Tower. Brooklyn: Minor Compositions/Autonomedia.
ISBN : 9781570272295
Research Group : Media Discourse Group
Research Institute : Media and Communication Research Centre (MCRC)
Peer Reviewed : Yes
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