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Excellent collection of music journalism by that rarity: a music writer who can think!,
This review is from: Bring the Noise (Paperback)
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.