Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984

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Penguin, 2005 - Music - 416 pages
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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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[Vague spoiler imminent !] Starting with the last dregs of spark in punk as it was mutating either towards generic dross or experimental genius, "Rip It Up..." is a superb compilation of tales of the ... Read full review

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[Vague spoiler imminent !] Starting with the last dregs of spark in punk as it was mutating either towards generic dross or experimental genius, "Rip It Up..." is a superb compilation of tales of the ... Read full review

Contents

The Unfinished Revolution
1
Public Image Belongs to
15
Autonomy In the U K
27
No Wave flew York
139
Cabaret Hoir and Theater of Cruelty in Postpunk San Francisco
197
Mutant I
261
and the Rise of MTV
332
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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