Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984

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Faber & Faber, Apr 2, 2009 - Music - 608 pages
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'A fantastic tribute to an amazingly creative musical period . . . An instant pop classic, worthy of a place on your shelves beside the handful of music books that really matter.' John McTernan, Scotland on Sunday

Punk revitalized rock in the mid-seventies, but the movement soon degenerated into self-parody. Rip It Up and Start Again is the first book-length celebration of what happened next: post-punk bands who dedicated themselves to fulfilling punk's unfinished musical revolution. 1978 - 1984 rivals the sixties for the sheer amount of fabulous music created, the spirit of adventure and possibility that infused it, and the way the sounds felt inextricably connected to the political and social turbulence of the day. Simon Reynolds, acclaimed author of Energy Flash, recreates a time of tremendous urgency and idealism in pop music. Packed with anecdote and insight, populated by charismatic and maverick characters, Rip It Up and Start Again stands as one of the most inspired and inspiring books on popular music ever written.

'I had never expected there to be a book on this subject; had I done so, I would never have dared to hope it could be as good as this.' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian Book of the Week

'This remarkable and perfectly timed cultural history is required reading.' Q Magazine

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[Vague spoiler imminent !] Starting with the last dregs of spark in punk as it was mutating either towards generic dross or experimental genius, "Rip It Up..." is a superb compilation of tales of the ... Read full review

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[Vague spoiler imminent !] Starting with the last dregs of spark in punk as it was mutating either towards generic dross or experimental genius, "Rip It Up..." is a superb compilation of tales of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Simon Reynolds is the author of Energy Flash: A Journey through Rave Music and Dance Culture, Blissed Out: The Raptures of Rock, The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellions and Rock and Roll (co-written with Joy Press), Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978 - 1984 and, most recently, Bring the Noise: Twenty Years of Hip Hop and Hip Rock.

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