Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984

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Penguin, Feb 17, 2006 - Music - 432 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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Fantastic overview of the post punk music scene. - Goodreads
A tremendous, thorough researcher and a gifted writer. - Goodreads
incredibly exhaustive overview of postpunk. - Goodreads
Killer journalism from the UK's top music writer. - Goodreads
Whereas his writing then tend - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kelsey Haddorff - Goodreads

I never write reviews on here but I feel that this book is worth a review. I've always been a fan of music but never before have I been pushed to look so deeply into it. Reynolds reveals that music ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

A thorough and intellectual (sometimes a little too thorough and intellectual) overview of British and American post-punk art rock and pop. The first half of the book explains the lofty intellectual ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
Rip It Up and Start Again
PROLOGUE
PART 1
CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 12
CHAPTER 13
PART 2
CHAPTER 14
CHAPTER 15
CHAPTER 16
CHAPTER 17
CHAPTER 18

CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
CHAPTER 11
CHAPTER 19
CHAPTER 20
CHAPTER 21
CHAPTER 22
AFTERWORD
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Simon Reynolds writes about music and popular culture for the New York Times, ArtForum, the Observer, and Melody Maker, and is the author of Blissed Out: The Raptures of Rock.

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