Live from the Underground: A History of College Radio

Author:   Katherine Rye Jewell
Publisher:   The University of North Carolina Press
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9781469677255


Pages:   480
Publication Date:   31 December 2023
Format:   Paperback
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Live from the Underground: A History of College Radio


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Bands like R.E.M., U2, Public Enemy, and Nirvana found success as darlings of college radio, but the extraordinary influence of these stations and their DJs on musical culture since the 1970s was anything but inevitable. As media deregulation and political conflict over obscenity and censorship transformed the business and politics of culture, students and community DJs turned to college radio to defy the mainstream—and they ended up disrupting popular music and commercial radio in the process. In this first history of US college radio, Katherine Rye Jewell reveals that these eclectic stations in major cities and college towns across the United States owed their collective cultural power to the politics of higher education as much as they did to upstart bohemian music scenes coast to coast. Jewell uncovers how battles to control college radio were about more than music—they were an influential, if unexpected, front in the nation's culture wars. These battles created unintended consequences and overlooked contributions to popular culture that students, DJs, and listeners never anticipated. More than an ode to beloved stations, this book will resonate with both music fans and observers of the politics of culture.

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Author:   Katherine Rye Jewell
Publisher:   The University of North Carolina Press
Imprint:   The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN:  

9781469677255


ISBN 10:   1469677253
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   31 December 2023
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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"Jewell . . . chronicles the rise, fall, and legacy of college radio in this sprawling and richly detailed account. . . . [Live from the Undeground] offers both an animated homage to college radio as a microcosm of American culture and reassurance for readers that the medium isn't dead. It's a fascinating deep dive.""--Publishers Weekly"


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Katherine Rye Jewell is professor of history at Fitchburg State University.

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