Bring the Noise: 20 Years of Writing About Hip Rock and Hip Hop

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Soft Skull Press, May 24, 2011 - Music - 448 pages
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Bring the Noise weaves together interviews, reviews, essays, and features to create a critical history of the last twenty years of pop culture, juxtaposing the voices of many of rock and hip hop’s most provocative artists—Morrissey, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, The Stone Roses, P.J. Harvey, Radiohead—with Reynolds’s own passionate analysis. With all the energy and insight you would expect from the author of Rip It Up and Start Again, Bring the Noise tracks the alternately fraught and fertile relationship between white bohemia and black street music. The selections transmit the immediacy of their moment while offering a running commentary on the broader enduring questions of race and resistance, multiculturalism, and division. From grunge to grime, from Madchester to the Dirty South, Bring the Noise chronicles hip hop and alternative rock’s competing claims to be the cutting edge of innovation and the voice of opposition in an era of conservative backlash. Alert to both the vivid detail and the big picture, Simon Reynolds has shaped a compelling narrative that cuts across a thrillingly turbulent two-decade period of pop music.
 

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Contents

THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION
200
BLUR VERSUS OASIS
203
PULP
206
THE SOUND OF 1997
209
RONI SIZEREPRAZENT
212
FEMININE PRESSURE
215
KING AND QUEEN OF THE BEATS
226
HATE ME NOW
231

HUSKER DU
36
MANTRONIX
38
THE SMITHS
42
PUBLIC ENEMY
47
LL COOL J
57
DINOSAUR JR
63
THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
69
MORRISSEY
71
THE PIXIES
90
LIVING COLOUR
97
VARIOUS ARTISTS
102
THE STONE ROSES
104
THE CARING COLONIALISTS
108
POSITIVITY
112
RAPS REFORMATION
116
MADCHESTER VERSUS DREAMPOP
120
MANIC STREET PREACHERS
124
PAVEMENT
132
NIRVANA
134
NJOIKKLASSBASSHEADSMPEOPLE
137
RRRRR RUSH
139
WASTED YOUTH
142
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE?
145
LET THE BOYS BE BOYS
148
STATE OF INTERDEPENDENCE
152
MTV
157
PJ HARVEY
162
ITS A DOGGS LIFE
168
AGAINST THE GRAIN
171
PEARL JAM VS NIRVANA
174
THE BEASTIE BOYS
178
POSTROCK
186
SWINGBEAT AND THE NEW RB
194
RAGGA
197
FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY
236
STREET RAP
240
WE ARE FAMILY
243
ROOTS N FUTURE
248
EURO
264
MILES DAVIS
268
PURE FUSION
272
RADIOHEAD VERSUS BRITROCK THOM YORKE INTERVIEW
282
2STEP AND RB CRITIQUED
301
DANCEHALL
306
HISTORIA ELECTRONICA
312
BBOYS ON E
330
SO SOLID CREW
336
THE STREETS
339
WHO SAYS THE BRITISH CANT RAP?
342
RAVEPUNK
347
RAP VIDEOS AND THE ONE WHITE DUDE
352
DIZZEE RASCAL
355
KANYE WEST
358
LIL JON THE EASTSIDE BOYZ
362
MOTHER NATURES SONS
365
AGAINST ALL ODDS
377
2005
387
ARCTIC MONKEYS
390
GREENEYED SOUL
398
Bonus Material
403
MIA
405
THE PEOPLE VS VAMPIRE WEEKEND
411
WHEN WILL HIP HOP HURRY UP AND DIE?
414
A LISTENING LIST
419
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
431
INDEX
433
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Simon Reynolds is the author of numerous books, including Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 and Totally Wired: Post-Punk Interviews and Overviews (Soft Skull 2010). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Village Voice, Spin, and Slate, among other publications. Born in London, Reynolds now lives in Los Angeles.

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