- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (2 February 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 057121570X
- ISBN-13: 978-0571215706
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.6 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 Paperback – 1 May 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"
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 (cowritten 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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Amazon.com: 5 reviews
17 January 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
8 people found this helpful.
This is an excellent and comprehensive work and simply one of my all time favorite books. Sadly, there in an American version that has many more reviews and is being savaged because the American publisher removed 200 pages worth of material from this text and made other inappropriate changes. Those reviewers should expressed their appropriate disdain for that publisher, should really include a write-up here. The prose is gripping and compelling with a sense of urgency and the information is thoroughly researched. This is a great great book.
Very good coverage of a neglected subgenre
21 March 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
While it doesn't cover every notable post-punk band equally or quite as inexhaustibly as other books I've read on music genres, it does a very good job and covers a wide ground. An excellent resource on this neglected subgenre of rock music that I would recommend to any fan.
15 August 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Creative Destruction and Renewal
25 July 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
11 people found this helpful.
This is a marvelous book. I had never thought about or realized the connections and relations between all the different tendrils of post-punk, avant-garde experimentation, and new pop (although with the latter the connections are a bit disconcerting to find out). Reynolds does a great job tracing out the evolution of the different bands emerging in the wake of the 'implosion' of the first wave of punk. For me one of the most interesting aspects is finding a way to keep open and maintain the kind of creative space that punk briefly opened but could not maintain as it became reduced to cliche and formula. Of course post-punk (or for that matter any other musical genre or expression) could be subjected to the same process, all the more requiring, as the title says, ripping it up and starting again. A sort of grammar of creative destructive and renewal. I could quibble about performers that it would have been nice to hear more about (Nina Hagen, Au Pairs, the Cravats, the more experimental bands coming out of the Crass Records milieux), but Reynolds has covered so many artists so well that might be a bit rude. Although apparently I just did it all the same. Nevertheless, an excellent book, particularly for those of us like myself who spent years trawling around used record stores trying to find records by artists who is the US remained fairly obscure, and thus didn't know much of anything about the relations between them.
Pure rubbish. Don't read this book or else you'll go blind.
12 January 2006 - Published on Amazon.com
15 people found this helpful.
Lies, exaggerations and misquotations. Plus, they got all the names wrong...