Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984

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Penguin, 2006 - Music - 416 pages

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.

 

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User Review  - Shrike58 - LibraryThing

This highly entertaining survey of the period in question basically breaks down into two parts. One, starting with the implosion of the Sex Pistols, there's coverage of such classic post-punk outfits ... Read full review

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Highly readable account of the (mostly British) post-punk music scene from 78-84. He does a great job of putting the music in context of the social/political climate of the time (the backlash of punk ... Read full review

Contents

The Unfinished Revolution
1
Public Image Belongs to
15
Autonomy in the U K
26
No Wave New York
139
NEW POP AND NEW ROCK
225
Synthpop
296
Afterword
389
Index
403
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Simon Reynolds is the author of "Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture," "Blissed Out: The Raptures of Rock," and "The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion, and Rock 'n'Roll" (coauthored with Joy Press). A senior contributing writer for "Spin," his pop culture writings have also appeared in many other major publications.

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