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Underground: The Subterranean Culture of Punk House Shows​ (2015)

Paperback, 192pp.

is all about the history and future of DIY punk touring in the USA. Daniel Makagon explores the culture of DIY spaces like house shows and community-based music spaces, their impact on underground communities and economies, and why these networks matter. He shows that no matter who you are, organizing, playing, and/or attending a DIY punk show is an opportunity to become a real part of a meaningful movement and to create long-lasting alternatives to the top-down economic and artistic practices of the mainstream music industry. Punk kids playing an illegal show too loudly in someone's basement might not save the world, but they might just be showing us the way to building something better.

Daniel Makagon, PhD specializes in urban communication, cultural studies, ethnography, media criticism, and the study of community. His books include Recording Culture: Audio Documentary and the Ethnographic Experience​ and Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square​.