From a 50s-era guitar pioneer to 70s post-punk heroes of Britain's DIY scene, here are just a few DIY musicians who embodied the DIY music ethos.
Many record labels run by musicians have been little more than vanity imprints, but the most important of them have pioneered artists’ rights in the music industry.
Ever since 1977, punk has been the catalyst for an infinite number of radical art and fashion statements which continue to influence the world we live in.
Indie music is one of pop’s most nebulous genres. Initially a home for misfits, indie rock has gone mainstream – and shows no signs of stopping.
Albums have been recorded in some very weird places, from outer space to underwater, prisons and even a scene of a murder. Here are some of the weirdest.
With his own recording studio and a seemingly endless head for ideas, Frank Zappa was a truly independent artist who paved the way for future generations.
The best indie record labels of all time have helped push the boundaries, drawing the mainstream into their world – and changing the face of music in the process.
The notion of DIY music stretches back to 19th-century flutes made from bird bone, through punk anarchy and the digital revolution.
‘Bleach’ prototyped the ‘Nevermind’ sound that would deliver Nirvana to a global stage and reshape the future of rock’n’roll.
Home taping in the 80s didn’t necessarily kill the record industry but the cassette format gave a voice to those that the mainstream didn’t always have an ear for.
Crate diggers of the world, unite! From LA to Hong Kong, Australia to Wales, we look at some of the best record stores around the globe.
Fanzines’ importance shouldn’t be underestimated: esteemed authors such as Greil Marcus and Danny Baker first cut their teeth writing for a variety of them.
From custom guitars to truly bizarre contraptions, these homemade musical instruments have unique sounds that you’ll never hear anywhere else.
The music world is full of talented multi-instrumentalists, and the best one-man bands have a unique vision that only they can achieve, alone in the studio.
After leaving the RHCP, John Frusciante used the intimacy of home recordings to explore his psyche on his album 'Niandra Lades And Usually Just A T-Shirt'.