Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/3/7
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Rip It Up and Start Again is the first book-length exploration of the wildly adventurous music created in the years after punk. Renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds celebrates the futurist spirit of such bands as Joy Division, Gang of Four, Talking Heads, and Devo, which resulted in endless innovations in music, lyrics, performance, and style and continued into the early eighties with the video-savvy synth-pop of groups such as Human League, Depeche Mode, and Soft Cell, whose success coincided with the rise of MTV. Full of insight and anecdotes and populated by charismatic characters, Rip It Up and Start Again re-creates the idealism, urgency, and excitement of one of the most important and challenging periods in the history of popular music.
"Shed[s] dazzling light on a neglected era of music. The definitive word on the subject." —The Times, London
"Anyone who claims to have read five better books about pop is mad, or a liar." —The Guardian, London商品の説明をすべて表示する
The Devoto/Subway Sect chapter,
the Conform to Deform Second Wave of Industrial chapter,
and the SST/Blasting Concept chapter.
Finding this out after the fact really irked me, because Magazine is probably my favorite band, and because both SST and second-wave industrial represent a huge part of the California post-punk experience - which makes it all the more inexplicable why these particular chapters were purged from the American version.
Also, it's criminal that there's absolutely no mention of Spizzenergi - one of the great post-punk bands of all time!
Oh, and I could've done without the lame ending chapter on ZTT/Frankie. I understand what he's getting at with the whole "gay sexual expression is the last frontier" idea, but what Frankie did had already been done before - much better in fact - by The Village People in the 70's.
A GREAT book - don't get me wrong - but do check out the full UK version, especially if you like Magazine.
I was a bit annoyed that SST were barely mentioned in the UK version, and excised entirely from the US version, but in retrospect it makes more sense as they didn't really fit into the above narrative (at least in the years covered. "Michael Azerrad's "Our Band Could Be Your Life" covers them, among others, more succinctly). So in all, it's definitely a great book, even if it does leave out otherwise interesting acts.