SIMON REYNOLDS discusses and signs his book "RETROMANIA"

Simon Reynolds

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. 

Event date: 
Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
90027 Los Angeles
Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past Cover Image
ISBN: 9780865479944
Availability: Backordered
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 19th, 2011

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?

Totally Wired: Post-Punk Interviews and Overviews Cover Image
ISBN: 9781593762865
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Soft Skull Press - August 17th, 2010

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.

Bring the Noise: 20 Years of Writing about Hip Rock and Hip Hop Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593764012
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Soft Skull Press - May 24th, 2011