Retromania

Retromania : Pop Culture's Addiction to its Own Past

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Description

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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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 126 x 195 x 28mm | 371g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0571232094
  • 9780571232093
  • 133,169

Review quote

“If I had to choose just one commentator to guide me through the last quarter-century of popular (and not so popular) music, it would have to be—on the basis of knowledge, range of reference, soundness of judgment, and fluency of style—Simon Reynolds.” —GEOFF DYER, author of "Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi"
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About Simon Reynolds

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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