Rip It up and Start Again

Rip It up and Start Again

Postpunk 1978-1984

eBook - 2006
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Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006
ISBN: 9781429526647
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: xii, 416 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: OverDrive Inc


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May 10, 2016

What Michael Azerrad's classic "Our Band Could Be Your Life" did for American underground music, this book by English music writer Simon Reynolds does for postpunk. Postpunk was both an era and a style. Emerging as punk was fizzling out (at least in the popular imagination), postpunk was at once more radical in its break with tradition and incorporation of non-rock sounds and less marketable than punk. Although it only covers a few years, Reynolds's detailed and insightful tour shows just how much groundbreaking and influential music was made in this period, music that, while not commercially successful, created the blueprint for many subsequent bands. Bands he discusses include PIL, Gang of Four, the Specials, the Birthday Party, the Slits. Throbbing Gristle, Devo, and Scotland's Orange Juice, who give this book its title. An excellent book and one of the best music books of the past decade. His more recent book, "Retromania," is also worth reading.


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