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It takes a village to raise an Andy: A low-fi portrait


2007 2007

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This paper examines the role of Andy Mabe, a local Winston-Salem musician and icon, in the transmission of qualities that characterize the low-fi DIY scene. An understanding of a community's identity emerged; informed by my relationship to Andy and the local arts collective. Andy's iconic status, I will argue, exists because he is a symbol to the DIY subculture of the authentic, independent artist, able to access and employ alternative channels (rather than established forms of distribution) to share his music. The value of an Andy archetype suggests a community created around common values. This study exposes the role of subversion, a need to express one's personal complexity, and reciprocity within the community, centering on the need for independence. From who do the indie artists gain independence As self-identified outsiders, they easily see the contradictions within the mainstream and engage in behaviors suggesting they want to be apart from it. For the community, independence exists by being separate from the mainstream. Yet, unable to turn their backs completely on the mainstream, Andy and the community around him, must engage in a series of tradeoffs. Therefore, a contradiction emerges. How can a community be independent and still interact with the mainstream Autonomy creates itself on a personal front and a low-fi culture of homemade and self-produced alternatives surface. Andy's significance and success in the Winston-Salem DIY low-fi community means that his tradeoffs are lower than most.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Biographies;
Cultural anthropology;
Music;
Families & family life;
Personal relationships;
Sociology;
Social structure
Classification
0304: Biographies
0326: Cultural anthropology
0413: Music
0628: Families & family life
0628: Personal relationships
0628: Sociology
0700: Social structure
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Anthropology, cultural; Biography; Mabe, Andy; Music; North Carolina; Sociology, general
Title
It takes a village to raise an Andy: A low-fi portrait
Author
Hall, Peggy Ann
Number of pages
98
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0154
Source
MAI 46/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549347460
Advisor
Douglas, Gavin
Committee member
Fragola, Anthony; Keathley, Elizabeth
University/institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department
Liberal Studies Program
University location
United States -- North Carolina
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1449669
ProQuest document ID
304833107
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304833107
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