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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (5 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571235492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571235490
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Simon Reynolds, the author of the bestselling post-punk history Rip It Up and Start Again, comes Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews, a formidable companion book of conversations.

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Simon Reynolds is the author of Energy Flash: A Journey through Rave Music and Dance Culture, Blissed Out: The Raptures of Rock, The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellions and Rock and Roll (co-written with Joy Press), Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978 - 1984 and, most recently, Bring the Noise: Twenty Years of Hip Hop and Hip Rock.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
If you're remotely interested in the post-punk era of the late 70s/early 80s this book of interviews by Simon Reynolds of important (though in a few cases quite obscure) figures from the era is absolutely fascinating.

Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 presented Reynolds's history of the - I hesitate to say genre of such a disparate bunch of music, maybe attitude is a better word because post-punk was more about being forward-looking than sticking to a particular musical formula. It's inevitably shone through the prism of his own tastes and interests to some degree; I didn't personally have a problem with that and he is quite even-handed for the most part.

But in the process of writing it, he inevitably interviewed numerous musicians and others involved at the time and this book reproduces those and other relevant interviews, edited for relevance and clarity more than length, letting the artists speak for themselves. And most of them are absolutely fascinating if you're interested in post-punk. Apart from the interviews, there are a few essays by Reynolds, and lastly he ... interviews himself, mostly on the subject of why and how he came to write Rip It Up... This may sound as if he's slightly up himself, but as rock writers of the era go, he's refreshingly free of hubris and unfashionably interested in letting the music he loves speak for itself.

An all round excellent read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lutz Svensson on 26 Jan. 2014
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Found this remaindered for a couple of quid and (despite having enjoyed 'Rip It Up...') expected to find it no more than a fleeting diversion. Actually, ended up reading to cover to cover... often finding the most interest in the least familiar names. Clearly a slightly cynical cash-in, then... but still an illuminating collection of interviews for those with a taste for the faintly left-field.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Øistein Bergli on 15 Jan. 2011
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Interesting interviews with interesting people. While Rip It Up is essential, I wouldn't say this is as it's just some interviews that goes a bit more in-depth with some of the subjects of Rip It Up, but it is definitely a pleasant read if you're interested in the era, or any of the personalities within.

I also enjoyed Reynolds' 'afterword', the interview with himself. If it's something I can understand that people are annoyed with (I'm not), it's his sort-of fanboy approach in Rip It Up. Here he openly admits that that was the point, as he feels the post-punk era is undermined by punk rock, and strongly deserves celebration. There's also the rallying call that some of the bands and scenes are hardly skimmed over with Rip It Up.

Is Rip It Up still the only decent book on this era? I can't wait for there to be released a book that covers more of what Reynolds' didn't, or for a book about the further evolutions of british rock (indie pop and so on).
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By ian jones on 18 July 2015
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Not a bad read
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5 of 18 people found the following review helpful By colin sharp on 8 July 2009
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There is apparently a new hefty work of non-fiction soon to be published by John Paul Middle Reynolds called "More notes..." in which he/she/they have gathered notes that were written on scraps of paper, backs of enveloppes, found in bins, written whilst various music books were written then gahered together in this book with a cut up collage of previous covers, shopping lists and reminders such as- take cat to vet- and some indecipherable phone numbers.
Rather lengthy at 927 pages, including notes about the notes and a bibliography that is 194 pages and some very dark family photos.
But its a must for any true fan of post-punk-rock-hip-glam-electro-jazz-folk-funk.

"Rip it up and start again" was a great piece of work. Do we need this as well? Discuss in no less than 50,00 words
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