Sunday, March 05, 2006

Rip It Up and Start Again : Postpunk 1978-1984

The New York Times had a review today of a new book called Rip It Up and Start Again : Postpunk 1978-1984 by English music critic Simon Reynolds. It traces the aftermath of punk rock beginning with the fall of the Sex Pistols to the death knell allegedly sounded by Frankie Goes to Hollywood's release of Relax in 1984 (but I kinda like that song...). It looks like an interesting read, although the review is a bit mixed. It's worth noting that on, a customer review mentions that 3 complete chapters plus parts of other chapters have been removed from the U.S. release of the book, making it ~200 pages shorter than the U.K. release. It remains to be seen [read] whether that's a good or bad thing.


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