By Matthew Bannister
To what quantity do indie masculinities problem the old development of rock track as patriarchal? This key query is addressed via Matthew Bannister, related to an in-depth exam of indie guitar rock within the Nineteen Eighties because the culturally and traditionally particular creation of white males. via textual research of musical and important discourses, Bannister offers the 1st book-length examine of masculinity and ethnicity in the context of indie guitar tune inside US, united kingdom and New Zealand 'scenes'. Bannister argues that prior theorisations of (rock) masculinities have tended to establish types of working-class deviance and actual machismo as 'straw men', oversimplifying masculinities as 'men behaving badly'. Such ways disavow the ways in which masculine energy is articulated in tradition not just via illustration but in addition highbrow and theoretical discourse. through re-situating indie in a historical/cultural context of artwork rock, he exhibits how masculine strength may be rearticulated via excessive, avant-garde, bohemian tradition and aesthetic idea: canonism, negation (Adorno), passivity, voyeurism and camp (Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground), and primitivism and infantilism (Lester Bangs, Simon Reynolds). In a similar vein, he additionally assesses the effect of Freud on cultural idea, arguing that reversing binary conceptions of gender through associating masculinities with an essentialised passive femininity perpetuates patriarchal dualism. Drawing on his personal adventure as an indie musician, Bannister surveys more than a few indie artists, together with The Smiths, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and The Go-Betweens; from the U.S., R.E.M., The Replacements, Dinosaur Jr, HÃ¼sker DÃ¼, Nirvana and hardcore; and from NZ, Flying Nun acts, together with The Chills, The fresh, the Verlaines, Chris Knox, Bailter house, and The Bats, demonstrating extensive continuities among those it appears disparate scenes, by way of gender, aesthetic conception and techniques to renowned musical background. the result's a ebook which increases a few very important questions about how gender is studied in pop culture and the measure to which replacement cultures can critique dominant representations of gender.