I'd previously attempted to read Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984
, but abandoned it halfway through - I found Reynolds's writing an unsatisfying hodgepodge of ideas. By the time Retromania came out, however, I decided it was worth a chance, since the topic - revivalism and the recycling of old ideas - is one I find particularly interesting. However, it was ultimately not worth my time. His writing style still leaves a lot to be desired, and the salient points, when there are any, are buried between desperate namedrops and odd self-centred anecdotes. Often he seems befuddled and fusty, writing about modern pop culture like a slightly lost middle-aged man. If you've enjoyed his previous self-defeating and confused treatises, then Retromania will probably be right up your street; it is probably not worthwhile otherwise.