Rip It up and Start Again

Rip It up and Start Again

Postpunk 1978-1984

Book - 2005
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Rip It Up and Start Again is the first book-length exploration of the wildly adventurous music created in the years after punk. Renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds celebrates the futurist spirit of such bands as Joy Division, Gang of Four, Talking Heads, and Devo, which resulted in endless innovations in music, lyrics, performance, and style and continued into the early eighties with the video-savvy synth-pop of groups such as Human League, Depeche Mode, and Soft Cell, whose success coincided with the rise of MTV. Full of insight and anecdotes and populated by charismatic characters, Rip It Up and Start Again re-creates the idealism, urgency, and excitement of one of the most important and challenging periods in the history of popular music.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, c2005
ISBN: 9780143036722
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 REY NVD
Characteristics: xii, 416 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Rip it up and start again


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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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