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Fiction. Essays, reports, art, stories, comics, and manifestoes from the citizens of the real music underground, where the cassette tape and the home studio have provoked a mass exodus into basements, bedrooms or garages around the world. These networkers, in conjunction with the Zine Culture and the International Postal System, manically produce, trade, and distribute the ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Autonomedia
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Everett Darling
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book is full of intelligent writing and it holds up to contemporary scrutiny, in spite of it being primarily about cassettes, the culture around cassettes, and its having been published in 1992. Theoretical essays and academic reports share book-space with drawings, adverts, and personal diary entries.
There are a couple of great essays on plagiarism and music-as-commodity, namely "Plunderphonics Or, Audio Piracy as a Compositional Prerogative" by John Oswald; "No More Masterpieces Ma
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Robin James, the editor of "Cassette Mythos", definitely knew his shit. I wonder if most people have forgotten about this since Thurston Moore's "Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture" came out 13 yrs later. I hope not. Just the title of Moore's bk is an immediate give-away: "mix tapes" are the lowest common denominator language of the uncreative just as "bands" & "songs" are: cassettes conceived of as just a medium for putting together yr favorite SONGS by yr favorite BANDS - a consumer activit ...more
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Oct 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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A life-changer. Like discovering that an undiscovered tribe has been living in your midst your entire life. Eyes so open they can never again be closed.
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Jul 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
As a one-time chronic cassette-compilation addict (making and collecting them), I really enjoyed this romance of a now-lost medium and its wonderful weirdos.
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