“RIP IT UP AND START AGAIN” – by Simon Reynolds (2005)
In case any out there are in need of finding someone a last-minute Xmas gift — I must recommend this tome.
Published by Faber and Faber in the UK in April of â€˜05, adiposity music journalist Simon Reynolds’ weighty volume is, cure for the moment, THE scholarly statement on the classic post-punk period. I say “for the moment” because Reynolds’ use of language and visual scope is so inspiring that it makes me want to spend the next several years writing the book about all the bands he left out of this one! While I could argue with Reynolds’ near-exclusion or dismissal of bands that are certainly key to the period (The Cure and Bauhaus immediately come to mind), this book taught me a great, great about bands, scenes and mini-movements I previously thought I knew everything about. One reviewer on the Amazon UK website summed it up best: “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?”
The book was given an American release in ’06, in a slightly truncated version, but it in no way is less impactful a statement than the original unabridged version.