The music industry is dominated today by three companies. Outside
of it, thousands of small independent record labels have developed despite the fact that digitalization made record sales
barely profitable. How can those outsiders not only survive, but thrive within mass music markets? What makes them meaningful,
and to whom? Dominik Bartmanski and Ian Woodward show how labels act as taste-makers and scene-markers that not only curate
music, but project cultural values which challenge the mainstream capitalist music industry. Focusing mostly on labels that
entered independent electronic music after 2000, the authors reconstruct their aesthetics and ethics. The book draws on multiple
interviews with labels such as Ostgut Ton in Berlin, Argot in Chicago, 100% Silk in Los Angeles, Ninja Tune in London, and
Goma Gringa in Sao Paulo. Written by the authors of Vinyl, this book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the
contemporary recording industry, independent music, material culture, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies.
of Illustrations AcknowledgementsAbout the authors Cast of Interviewed Characters List of Featured Labels Prologue:You Can't
Put a Price on Freedom Introduction: Understanding Independent Labels1. Being Independent 2. Material Economy 3. Symbolic
Economy 4. Urban Ecology Epilogue: Writing Independent Culture ReferencesIndex
The first book dedicated to the study
of record labels established in the digital music era of the 21st century, based on interviews with industry insiders and
covering cutting-edge music scenes from around the globe.