Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"We're All in This Together": Creating a Community Around a DIY Music Scene
by Osikowicz, Steve, M.A., State University of New York at Albany, 2014, 80; 1555387
Abstract (Summary)

To many people, music is just a hobby, something they listen to on the drive to work or background noise throughout their day. Maybe they will go to an occasional concert or buy a record here or there, or more likely download one off iTunes. To some though, it can mean so much more. To some people, music can be the whole basis of their social lives. Here I will show how the music scene in DeKalb, Illinois has created strong bonds, enough to be termed a community. Helped through punk ethics and a DIY (do-it yourself) mindset, the DeKalb punk scene has brought together musicians, poets, artists, fans, and others involved through zines and record labels into one community. Through the words of those directly involved in the scene, I show how they view DeKalb’s punk scene as a community. The scene has become a welcoming space, where everyone’s projects are supported, leading to a variety of experimentation. One of the interesting elements of DeKalb’s scene in relation to other punk scenes is the older age of the participants. Traditionally seen as music for teenagers, as DeKalb is a college town the main participants are in their 20s, though older members are not rare; indeed, some are even in their 40s with families and kids. An important part of creating this scene is DIY philosophy, and I examine the role that has in creating a community. Additionally, spaces for music are equally important, as I illustrate how these spaces are essential in the music scene. Finally, as DeKalb is college town with a rotating population, I investigate what the future holds for everyone involved and the town’s punk scene.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Little, Walter, Gordon, Adam
School: State University of New York at Albany
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Music
Keywords: DeKalb, Do-it yourself, Ethnography, Illinois, Punk music
Publication Number: 1555387
ISBN: 978-1-303-87758-2
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