DIY as Privilege

I wrote a something about what I’ve learnt over the past 13 years being involved with supporting people with learning disabilities to make and share music. It is called DIY AS PRIVILEGE - 13 POINT MANIFESTO FOR MUSICIANS.

*** Updated Second Edition ***
With amended text to better reflect the Social Model of Disability and a re-design in collaboration with Sean Roy Parker.

It was originally published as a pamphlet by The Fringe and Underground Music Group at Goldsmiths as part of the SPACES OF MAKING project.

It was launched on Friday 11th May at an event at Lewisham Art House, with readings from myself, Charles Hayward, Marlo Delara & Sharon Gal.

It was also published in the August 2018 issue of Maximum Rock n Roll magazine.

Available in the Goldsmiths University Library Archive, Good Press Gallery in Glasgow, the Science and Media Museum in Bradford and Liz Harris/Grouper in the US. Please get in touch if you’d like a copy for an institution or to stock or distribute it.

Translated into Greek by Zina Sarris for the Sounds Good Project with pending translations into French and Spanish. Please get into touch if you’re interested in translating the text. 


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1st edition

  • 100 copies riso-graph printed with purple ink on grey 120gsm matt paper.

  • 200 copies with various print colours and card colours.