gap & 'the underground'
- i think there's a debate here also about what constitutes 'underground'
in the first place, cos it seems to me that unless there's a specific
political or artistic commitment to certain ways of working, then
nothing unusual is in fact being offered. a lot of what's tagged as
'underground' is in fact identical to the mainstream, just less well
known - the values and approaches are those of the mainstream, and if
the artists in question become better known, they simply move into the
mainstream w/out causing a ripple. at this point the 'underground' isn't
positing any sort of alternative to the mainstream, and isn't presenting
a critique of it, it's simply acting as the talent scouts & feeder
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