Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past (Faber & Faber)
Simon Reynolds, one of Skylight's favorite music critics (and the author of Rip It Up and Start Again), will discuss and sign his new book Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past.
"Peering deeply into pop’s ever-expanding history and the technology that makes every part of it eternally accessible all at the same time, Reynolds wonders if culture can survive in conditions of limitlessness. . . . A restless, omnivorous intellectual, Reynolds roams far and wide. . . . His book is crammed with entertaining arguments." --The Telegraph (UK)
"Retromania deserves to be very widely read." --The Observer (UK)
Simon Reynolds is the author of seven books including Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978–1984 and Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture (a/k/a Generation Ecstasy). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, The Wire, and Slate, among other publications. Born in London, Reynolds now lives in Los Angeles.
We live in a pop age gone loco for retro and crazy for commemoration. Band re-formations and reunion tours, expanded reissues of classic albums and outtake-crammed box sets, remakes and sequels, tribute albums and mash-ups . . . But what happens when we run out of past?
In the follow-up to "Rip It Up and Start Again," renowned music journalist Reynolds interviews 32 of postpunk's most innovative personalities alongside an "overview" section of further reflections from Reynolds on postpunk's key icons and crucial scenes.