Underground Music Museum is curated by Bryan Baker of GAJOOB Magazine, Cassette Culture Shock Radio, HomemadeMusic.com, Tapegerm and more. My goal is to document, catalog and present a large library of music and related material: thousands of cassette, CDR and other albums independently made and distributed around the world by artists with often singular visions and consuming passions, along with related correspondence and other material. And an exit through the gift shop, just for fun.

Cassette Mythos

Cassette Mythos

Robin James was instrumental in cassette culture’s formative years. His reviews in the Castanets column in OP Magazine focused on cassettes and was a hub in the development of the artist network that grew around it, establishing a place people around the world who were making recordings apart from any kind of music industry could find a kind of self-perpetuated distribution network.

Once OP’s final issue was published, James went on to publish a series of contact newsletters which became his Cassette Mythos project and ended in a book encapsulating the scene.

I met very few cassette culturists in person, but Robin stopped by a couple times when passing through Salt Lake. An excellent article about all of this can be found on the Brainvoyager website.

Robin sent a few issues of the early Cassette Mythos newsletter to GAJOOB. These were large, 36×48 2-sided sheets filled with underground music contacts. Looking through it today, I see lots of people who established an enduring legacy of creative work.

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