- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (2 Feb. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 057121570X
- ISBN-13: 978-0571215706
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 Paperback – 2 Feb 2006
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"'I had never expected there to be a book on this subject; had I done so, I would never have dared to hope it could be as good as this.' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian Book of the Week"
Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984, by Simon Reynolds, is the essential book on post-punk music, a must for any serious pop music fan.See all Product description
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It's a vast area Reynolds writes about, choosing to get a handle on it by presenting the book in (i) two halves: Post-Punk and New Pop/New Rock & (ii) writing a chapter on related acts - so we move back and forth, and round and about (there's a great timeline, though sadly a discography in the style of 'Energy Flash' is not in the book- it's on the publisher's website!)Reynolds writes, as his features in 'Uncut' & in prior publications, interestingly and intelligently, taking in such names as PIL, Throbbing Gristle, Wire, Devo, The Slits, The Raincoats, Pere Ubu, Joy Division, The Fall, Cabaret Voltaire, Scritti Politti, Gang of Four, Magazine, Subway Sect, The Pop Group, No-Wave (and in what came after post-punk, such names as Dexys, The Specials, Associates, Malcolm McClaren, Soft Cell, Depeche Mode, Foetus, Mission of Burma, Husker Du, Meat Puppets and so on...) The only problem with this is that you read about one band, go and put one of their records on, turn a few pages and you're with another band, whose record you go and get and put on (and so on!!!) The answer to this would be a Nuggets-style box-set compiled by Mr Reynolds!Read more ›
1. The idea that the best period for Pop was the Sixties. Simon Reynolds' elegantly and urgently written survey of post-punk puts that complacent baby boomer myth to rest once and for all. All of Reynolds' books have been essential reading for anyone serious about Pop, and this is no exception. If you are at all interested in how Pop could be challenging, weird and yet compulsive, you really will not be able to put this book down. 'Rip it Up' eloquently and exhaustively makes the case that the 1978-84 period was a pop cultural treasure trove. Reynolds lets us see the usual suspects (PiL, Joy Division, The Fall, The Raincoats, The Slits, Throbbing Gristle, Gang of 4, Cabaret Voltaire) from unusual angles (the anecdote about Martin Hannett making Steve Morris record each drum separately is a wonderful insight into the way in which Joy Division's sound was produced, for instance), as well as re-focusing attention on the forgotten or barely remembered (This Heat, Tuxedomoon).
2. The idea that Pop is essentially to do with music. Reynolds demonstrates that this was a period in which politics, theory and sonic innovation fed into each other in a now scarcely imaginable cocktail of mutual intensification.
3. The idea that Pop has to be entertainment. Reynolds' analysis of postpunk is an implicit broadside against contemporary pop's compulsory trivialization. Pop then was a way of living, not simply a style of consuming.
...and start again:
The book inevitably poses the question - could we ever have it so good again? Can Pop ever return to a Now this urgent, or will it always be yesterday once more? Well, part of what made post-punk so powerful was its unashamed intellectualism.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The 1980s were of course the most musically rich, diverse and creative decade, even if you sometimes had to search that little bit harder for the good stuff. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MH
Doesn't tie in with my experiences of those years. Where is Tight Fit? Goombay Dance Band? Joe Dolce? Shaky?Published 15 months ago by Anonymous
A thoroughly enjoyable read. The punk era itself has been documented to death, but (much as I love it) if punk was a stripping back, a year zero, then what crept in to fill the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Hall
A fantastic and heavily researched book. Simon Reynolds has a clear and distinct style that follows him throughout his writing, and "Rip It Up and Start Again" is no... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mick
My irritation at the way Reynolds pretty much writes off The Buzzcocks, The Ruts, Crass, and, most vehemently, The Clash, who were some of the most innovative punk bands of the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nedj