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Bring the Noise by [Reynolds, Simon]
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Bring the Noise by Simon Reynolds features writing on rock and hip-hop, and the creative tensions between the two, from the best-selling author of Rip It Up and Start Again.

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1328 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0571232078
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (2 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002ZODPS8
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #758,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I first switched on to Simon Reyolds' writing when he guided me throught the complexities of Jungle and Drum n Bass through the pages of The Wire (most of that work was recycled in his peerless history of dance music Energy Flash.) More recently his history of New Wave and post-punk Rip it Up and Start Again (its timeliness almost sinister in that it appeared when this sound was being returned to by so many bands) has received acclaim. Reynolds is a gifted writer in that he can describe music and interview generously, but most importantly he's not afraid of searching for cultural meaning - he's at his best in his pure thinkpieces when he's using his vast range of musical knowledge and political and cultural nous to make startling connections. The reflections on the relationship between black and white music in this collection of his journalism from 1985 to the present day are compelling, and his tracing of oppositions such as authenticity and theatre, futurity and roots, through the music of indie, hip hop, rock, pop and grime make this book a delicious feast. You can make sense of your own musical history through his writing and its fun to see his contemporary self reflect on each piece and his own youthful passions.
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Simon Reynolds' "Rip It Up & Start Again" was a heroic but ultimately uneven attempt to put the ENTIRE post-punk period in context. Coming at a time when popular interest was beginning to focus on this period, it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that the book served as a "Rough Guide" to the post-punk period for many bands who were about to embark on their own musical odyssey, generally misinterpreting the impetus behind the original artist's motivation to create music in the first place. In some small way, Simon Reynolds could lay claim to have influenced the course of British indie music over the last couple of years (not strictly for the better, either).

"Bring the Noise" is a compilation of his writings covering the period immediately after the chronology of "Rip it Up" ends, and carrying on until the present day. Interestingly, Reynolds has written an afterward to every piece, attempting to put it in some kind of contemporary context. There is some excellent writing in here, with pieces on Dinosaur Jr, the Beastie Boys, and Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam in particular being very satisfying, and the afterwards are frequently witty and informative, providing an effective full stop to every selection.

What really lets this book down is the theme of the collection, or lack thereof. Being an attempt to sum up the significant musical events of the last 20 years, there is a lot of ground to cover, and Reynolds' articles leap about from subject to subject, the subtext to which is the implication, "Hey man, hip-hop or noise rock; it's all music maaaan." which is a horrible homogenisation that frequently Reynolds' articles rail against.
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Not a bad book but it has to be accompanied by Rip It Up And Start Again plus Energy Flash books to be fully understood and appreciated!
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it was a Little worse for wear than I had expected, but given the price, I really can't complain.
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