1. Alternative house concerts

Azerrad, Michael. 2001. Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Rock Underground 1981-1991. Boston: Little, Brown. (pp. 124, 131, 151, (200), 218, 391)

Banks, Abby, and Thurston Moore. 2007. Punk House: [interiors in Anarchy]. New York: Abrams Image.

Gomez, Jonathan Daniel. 2011. “3 Bucks a Head: The Backyard Gig, Class Struggle, and the East Los Angeles Community.” Paper presentation at 2011 Pop conference, Los Angeles (abstract at

Leal, Jorge N. 2011. “The Ephemeral Forums of South East Los Angeles.” Paper presentation at 2011 Pop conference, Los Angeles (abstract at

Trammell, Aaron. 2010. “Going Underground: Legislature, Activism and Virtual Spaces in the New Brunswick, NJ Punk Scene.” Paper presented at the SEM 2010 conference, LA (November 13)

Unknown. 1992-2002. Book Your Own Fucking Life!: A Do It Yourself Punk/Hardcore Resource Guide. Publishers: Profane Existence, Maximumrocknroll, Rocco (Cicero), Bleeding Heart Collective …

We got the neutron bomb: the untold story of L.A. Punk (p. 195)

Ronen Kauffman: New Brunswick, New Jersey, Goodbye—Bands, Dirty Basements, and the Search for Self(Hopeless/SubCity Records; website:, amazon:

2. Acoustic/folk/traditional

Hajdu, David. 2001. Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (pp. 7, 17, 23, 24, 25, 34, 110, 206)

Petersen, Nils Holger. 2005. “Music Practices around Bob Dylan, Medieval Rituals, and Modernity.” In Genre and Ritual: The Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals. Petersen, Nils Holger, Mette Birkedal Bruun, J. Fleischer, and Eyolf Ostrem, eds. Museum Tusculanum Press, 321-330.

Ritchie, TR. 1997. “Homemade Jam: House Concerts.” Sing Out! The Folk Song Magazine, 41/3, pp.100-101

Gruning, Tom. 2006. Millennium Folk: American Folk Music since the Sixties. Athens, GA: University of Georgia. (chapter 5: “Folkspace : house concerts, coffeehouses, and the concert series,” pp. 94-109)

Sommers, Laurie Kay. 1996. Beaver Island House Party. Michigan State University Press (etc.)

3. Western Classical.

Leppert, Richard. 1993. The Sight of Sound: Music, Representation, and the History of the Body. Berkeley: University of California.

Baron,John H. 1998. Intimate music: a history of the idea of chamber music.Hillsdale, New York: Pendragon Press

Christensen, Thomas. 1999. “Four-Hand Piano Transcription and Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Musical Reception.” Journal of the American Musicological Society, 52/2: 255-298

Edwards, Darryl. 2009. “Music makers: Voice: When home is where the art is: house concerts and Voice studio classes.” Canadian Music Educator, 51/1, pp. 45-46

4. Lofts: Jazz, Fluxus, Disco …

Welburn, Ron. 1977. “The Soho Loft Jazz.” Music Journal, 35/3, pp. 26-28.

(Jazz Lofts in NY–from the “The Soho Loft Jazz” article: Artist House, 131 Prince Street – by Ornette Coleman; Studio Rivbea, Bond Street – by Sam Rivers and Bea Rivers; Studio We, 193 Eldridge Street – by Juma Santos, with New York Musicians Festival; Studio 77, 77 Green Street – by Rashied Ali; Environ, 476 Broadway – by John Fisher; Ladies Fort – by Joe Lee Wilson; The Kitchen, Wooster/Broome – by Garret List; + East Third Street Bilingual Workshop – by Charles Bobo Shaw; The Brook, 40 West 17th Street.)

Zukin, Sharon. 1989. Loft Living: culture and capital in urban change. Rutgers University Press

Brewster, Bill, and Frank Broughton. 2000. Last Night a Dj Saved My Life: the History of the Disc Jockey. New York: Grove, pp. 149-152 (about The Loft)

“Jazz on the river” by William Howland Kenney:

Stephenson, Sam. 2009. The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965. New York: Knopf.

5. International

Cushman, Thomas. 1995. Notes from Underground: Rock Music Counterculture in Russia. Albany: State University of New York. (pp. 34, 73; playing in apartments and basements because of restrictions of socialism)

House concerts in Berlin:,+%22house+concert%22,+improvisation&source=bl&ots=soZYk4bD1i&sig=cmqobtx834GtO8Evp8mWr-jwjhM&hl=sl&sa=X&ei=ASoST9HROeWliQLxv7njDQ&ved=0CE8Q6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=%22house%20concert%22&f=false

6. Other unconventional spaces

Banes, Sally. 1993. Greenwich Village 1963: Avant-garde Performance and the Effervescent Body. Durham: Duke University Press.

7. Internet

Atwood, Brett. 1996. “New Web Site A Ticket To Live Music.” In Billboard – The International Newsweekly of Music, Video and Home Entertainment, 108:33 (17 August 1996)

Atwood, Brett. 1996. “‘Metallicast’ to Rock the Web.” In Billboard – The International Newsweekly of Music, Video and Home Entertainment, 108:23 (8 June 1996)

Bruno, Antony. 2007. “UpFront: Digital Entertainment – Concert 2.0: Monetizing Live Music Online and in Virtual Worlds.” In Billboard – The International Newsweekly of Music, Video and Home Entertainment, 119:22 (2 June 2007)

(see also “articles” sections on the “Links” page that provide links to online articles)

8. Music documentaries/DVD’s that (might) include footage or larger sections on house/basement shows (expect details about house shows from these films later–work in progress):

We fun, Atlanta

You Weren’t There: A History of Chicago Punk 1977-84

Burn to shine (series)



Towncraft: Arkansas

135 Grand Street New York 1979

Downtown 1981

Between Resistance and Community (Long Island, NY)


American Hardcore

Decline of Western Civilization (in 3 parts)

What We Do Is Secret (2008) (Germs)

Punk’s not dead (2008) – with bonus video “Punk Rock Housing”

Get Thrashed (2008) The story of Trash Metal

The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights (2010) (unconventional venues)

Another State of Mind (Social Distortion and Youth Brigade on tour):

Power of Milkshake and salads (Lightning bolt tour);


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