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essential companion to Rip It Up And Start Again,
This review is from: Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews (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.