Recorded at the DIY Conference at Incubate Festival 2012, Tilburg. Please take note: the first minutes of the speech have been removed due to lack of sound. Recorded at theatre De NWE Vorst, Tilburg by Victor-Zorro.
Simon Reynolds is a British music critic currently living in Los Angeles. He is author of the books Rip It Up and Start Again: Post Punk 1978-1984 and Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture. In 2011, Reynolds published the much-discussed book Retromania, about pop culture’s addiction to its own past. As a freelance journalist since the late Eighties he has contributed to magazines such as The New York Times, Spin, The Guardian, The Wire, Mojo, Slate, and Frieze. He also maintains a number of blogs centered around his primary online outlet, Blissblog.
Reynolds will kick off the Incubate DIY Conference with a keynote speech on the context and background of Do It Yourself in pop culture. He will not look at the origins in history alone, but also to the present and beyond: is there still such a thing as a ‘DIY-movement’, and what is the importance of it in our current times? What future developments can we expect on this topic according to Reynolds?