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Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past

Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past

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By (author) Simon Reynolds

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 194mm x 36mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571232094
  • ISBN 13: 9780571232093
  • Sales rank: 47,146

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The first book to make sense of 21st Century pop, "Retromania" explores rock's nostalgia industry of revivals, reissues, reunions and remakes, and argues that there has never before been a culture so obsessed with its own immediate past. Pulling together parallel threads from music, fashion, art, and new media, Simon Reynolds confronts a central paradox of our era: from iPods to YouTube, we're empowered by mind-blowing technology, but too often it's used as a time machine or as a tool to shuffle and rearrange music from yesterday. We live in the digital future but we're mesmerized by our analogue past.

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Author information

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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"Amazing." --Bruce Sterling, Wired.com "Looking back over the last 25 years you'd be hard pressed to name a music journalist more adept at tracking and defining the zeitgeist." --Dave Haslam, "The Guardian" "Simon Reynolds, one of our most thoughtful music writers, poses a stark question for anyone who cares about the future of pop . . . A devastating critique of the way music is now consumed." --Patrick Sawer, "The Daily Telegraph" "Bracingly sharp. As a work of contemporary historiography, a thick description of the transformations in our relationship to time--as well as to place--"Retromania" deserves to be very widely read." --Sukhdev Sandhu, "The Observer" (London) "A provocative and original inquiry into the past and future of popular music." --"Booklist" (starred review) "[A] mix of canny erudition, critical theory, stylish prose, and vibrant evocations." --"Publishers Weekly" "Important--and alarming--reading for pop-music aficionados." --"Kirku