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Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music

S. Alexander Reed


Noisy, confrontational, and controversial, industrial music first emerged in the mid-1970s around bands and performance groups who combined avant-garde electronic music with the provocative attitude and style of punk rock. In its early days, bands such as Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire produced a genuinely radical form of music bent on recontextualizing the signs and methods of cultural authority in an attempt to liberate listeners from the trappings of modernity. But, as industrial music took on more and more elements of popular music over the course of the 1980s it slowly abandoned i ... More

Keywords: industrial music, Throbbing Gristle, Nine Inch Nails, musicians, record label, DJs, concert promoter

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199832583
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199832583.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. Alexander Reed, author
Professor of Music, College of Fine Arts, University of Florida