Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 (Google eBook)
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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Review: Rip It Up and Start Again: Post-Punk 1978-84User Review - Howard - Goodreads
Although it took me eight months to finish this book, reading it on and off, I rate it as excellent and thoroughly enjoyed it (apart from chapter 20 about the New York scene, which, for some reason ... Read full review
Review: Rip It Up and Start Again: Post-Punk 1978-84User Review - Will Brodie - Goodreads
This is the book about music I most enjoyed reading. The author is confident and instils confidence in his reader. He REALLY knows his stuff, and the stories of the bands of the era covered are ... Read full review