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    DescriptionOne of "The Telegraph"'s Best Music Books 2011 We live in a pop age gone loco for retro and crazy for commemoration. Band re-formations and reunion tours, expanded reissues of classic albums and outtake-crammed box sets, remakes and sequels, tribute albums and mash-ups . . . But what happens when we run out of past? Are we heading toward a sort of culturalecological catastrophe where the archival stream of pop history has been exhausted? Simon Reynolds, one of the finest music writers of his generation, argues that we have indeed reached a tipping point, and that although earlier eras had their own obsessions with antiquity--the Renaissance with its admiration for Roman and Greek classicism, the Gothic movement's invocations of medievalism--never has there been a society so obsessed with the cultural artifacts of its own immediate past. "Retromania "is the first book to examine the retro industry and ask the question: Is this retromania a death knell for any originality and distinctiveness of our own?


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    Title
    Retromania
    Subtitle
    Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Simon Reynolds
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 458
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780865479944
    ISBN 10: 0865479941
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Libri: I-MU
    BIC subject category V2: AVC
    Ingram Subject Code: MU
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JFCA
    B&T General Subject: 540
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000
    DC21: 306
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25900
    DC22: 781.64
    B&T Approval Code: A08740000
    DC22: 306
    BISAC V2.8: MUS029000, MUS020000
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    LC classification: ML3534 .R4915 2011
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    19 July 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Simon Reynolds is a music critic whose writing has appeared in "The New York Times, The Village Voice, Spin, Rolling Stone," and "Artforum." He is the author of five previous books, including "Rip It Up and Start Again."
    Review quote
    "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." --"Kirkus Reviews" "A hugely interesting and useful debate starter." --"NME" "If anyone can make sense of pop music's steady mutation from what George Melly noted as its 'worship of the present, ' to its current status as a living heritage industry where past, present and what the author calls a nostalgia for a lost future coexist, then you'd have to trust Reynolds. He's a top-table critic whose keen ear is matched by a sharp eye for cultural context . . . An erudite study of pop's eternal lock groove." --Mark Paytress, "Mojo" "The world's finest living music writer." --Christopher Mosley, "D "magazine ""Retromania" is a terrific book. Reynolds brings profound knowledge and oceanic depth and width to his argument, tracing his theme from trad jazz through the '70s rock and roll boom to the hipsterism of today, via the hyper-connectedness and infinite jukebox of the web. Unlike many of the pop writers who inspired him as a youth, he deploys his high intelligence and vast r