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This film plunges us into the electronic underground in America between 1980 and 1990. While the mainstream was groovin to 'Let's Get Physical' by Olivia Newton John, an underground scene was being energized by the 'anybody can do anything' punk sensibility.
People were inspired: they not only made their own music, they also recorded it, created their own labels and did their own album cover artwork. There was also some serious, pre-internet, pre-computer networking. This before there was email. Before the CD! Music communities were built by word of mouth, envelop, pen and paper. Artists had to 'reverse engineer' tapes to figure out how the music was made and who made it. Cassette tapes were the messenger's medium -- they were handed out, sold, and exchanged as much as possible. All of this for a chance at expression. Creation. Communication. No one was making money on this. Today it is common practice for musicians to self-publish their work. It was musicians like these in the 1980's who paved the 'do it yourself' way. The original "Grindstones" were compilation albums: each artist made their own musical recordings and put in money to cover the costs of making an album. This was a rare, egalitarian approach to record production. With this film, GRINDSTONE REDUX transfers this DIY approach to producing a movie. It is a unique, new model for documentary film making.