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GRINDSTONE REDUX is the story of the underground music network of the 1980s?and how it transformed the music business. In response to an industry with a narrow spectrum of work being released and promoted, artists decided to self-publish and distribute before the internet made it commonplace.

The advent of affordable recording equipment, synthesizers and photocopiers made it possible for musicians and bands to form a network by producing home recordings and exchanging them through the mail. For the first time, musicians were able to produce and distribute their work without a major record company.

They formed their own record labels, produced independent magazines and began the first generation of radio shows devoted to independently-released music. The network was supported by small, independent record stores (which have all but disappeared) where musicians could place their work for sale, as well as discover other like-minded artists and 'zines.

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Thanks for posting this here, Mr. H!  My highest respects go out to Andy Kovats of True Age for producing this documentary the way he did -- that is, by soliciting artists to self produce responses to a list of questions, and then to skillfully edit these responses into a contiguous story that takes a year-by-year account of events in the 1980s and melds it to the whole american avant garde home recording phenomenon. 

Also, William Davenport recently did a documentary on the same subject with a much more "interviewer-interviewee" approach, which is well worth watching too methinks:

The Great American Cassette Masters

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What goes around, comes around. I would never have known about it if you didn't give me up with a copy. To hear these people's stories and see Poison Plant tapes in their racks is a real thrill for me. Thanks again!

Thanks, I have that on my list to add. FWIW, I not only invite people to recommend new electronic music films to. All are more than welcome to add them yourselves. Like the other databases, just click the [ Add new movie ] button at the top of the section pages.

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