Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews [NOOK Book]

Overview

With his critically acclaimed Rip It Up and Start Again, renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds applied a unique understanding to an entire generation of musicians working in the wake of punk rock. Spawning artists as singular as Talking Heads, Joy Division, The Specials, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Gang of Four, and Devo, postpunk achieved new relevance in the first decade of the twenty-first century through its profound influence on bands such as Radiohead, Franz Ferdinand, ...

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Overview

With his critically acclaimed Rip It Up and Start Again, renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds applied a unique understanding to an entire generation of musicians working in the wake of punk rock. Spawning artists as singular as Talking Heads, Joy Division, The Specials, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Gang of Four, and Devo, postpunk achieved new relevance in the first decade of the twenty-first century through its profound influence on bands such as Radiohead, Franz Ferdinand, and Vampire Weekend.

With Totally Wired the conversation continues. The book features thirty-two interviews with postpunk's most innovative personalities-such as Ari Up, Jah Wobble, David Byrne, and Lydia Lunch-alongside an "overview" section of further reflections from Reynolds on postpunk's key icons and crucial scenes. Included among them are John Lydon and PIL, Ian Curtis and Joy Division, and art-school conceptualists and proto-postpunkers Brian Eno and Malcolm McLaren. Reynolds follows these exceptional, often eccentric characters from their beginnings through the highs and lows of postpunk's heyday.

Crackling with argument and anecdote, Totally Wired paints a vivid portrait of individuals struggling against the odds to make their world as interesting as possible, in the process leaving a legacy of artistic ambition and provocation that reverberates to this day.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In 2006's Rip It Up and Start Again, Reynolds examined bands, like The Talking Heads, Siouxie and the Banshees, and Devo, who performed in the wake of punk rock. Calling his new volume a companion to his earlier work, Reynolds compiles interviews with David Byrne, Lydia Lunch, and 30 other "key figures... of the post-punk era." Interviews focus on each artist's journey through the era, and do indeed provide more richly detailed pictures of the people first introduced in Rip It Up, creating a "stronger sense of them as human agents with backstories and backgrounds; products of a place and a time, yet also self-created beings, fantasists and adventurers who pursued their dreams and sometimes, against the odds, realized them." Following that are a handful of rich "overviews" taken from previously published and unpublished reviews Reynolds wrote for Vibe, The New York Times and other publications, exhibiting his boundless enthusiasm and capping this musical era with a book that is as much a tribute as it is an epitaph.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593763947
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,284,564
  • File size: 658 KB

Meet 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 (co-written 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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From Simon Reynolds’s interview with David Byrne:

REYNOLDS:
“The first wave of New York punk bands based around CBs and Max’s Kansas City were pretty steeped in rock romanticism and living on the edge. Patti Smith and Television were coming out of the sixties, and before that, the Beats—looking and living bohemian. Whereas the Talking Heads had a straighter-looking and more detached approach.”

BYRNE:
Some of the bands were really continuing the rock‘n’roll archetypes, sonically and with rebellious attitudes. The stage postures and the guitar pyrotechnics. I thought, ‘This isn’t saying anything new. It’s a sloppier version of the Rolling Stones.’ The gestures were not being thought about, they were just inherited. Like, ‘This is the attitude that comes with the rock-band territory, the clothes and the pose you need to take on.’ I just thought, ‘Let’s see if we can just throw all that out, start from square one and see what happens.’ Which would be walking on stage in your street clothes and singing with no affectation, in a kind of unromantic but passionate way. I thought having no image was a way of getting to ground zero. After a while I realized trying to have no image is, of course, having an image. You can’t escape from it. As soon as you step on a stage, it’s about artifice. So I thought, ‘I need to find other things to draw on that aren’t clichéd.’”
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 Interviews

Ari Up 3

Jah Wobble 16

Alan Vega 27

Gerald Casale 40

Mark Mothersbaugh 54

David Thomas 57

Anthony H. Wilson 69

Bill Drummond 79

Mark Stewart 94

Dennis Bovell 103

Andy Gill 108

David Byrne 118

James Chance 131

Lydia Lunch 143

Steve Severin 154

Nikki Sudden 159

John Peel 168

Alison Statton 174

Green Gartside 177

Gina Birch 194

Martin Bramah 203

Linder Sterling 216

Steven Morris 229

Richard H. Kirk 244

Alan Rankine 258

Paul Haig 272

Phil Oakey 277

Martin Rushent 295

Edwyn Collins 307

Steven Daly 319

Paul Morley 323

Trevor Horn 337

Part 2 Overviews

John Lydon and Public Image Ltd: Two Biographies 351

Joy Division: Two Movies 358

Ono, Eno, Arto: Non-musicians and the Emergence of 'Concept Rock' 367

The Blasting Concept: Los Angeles, SST, and 'Progressive Punk' 381

London Glam City: Poseurs, Dreamers, Heroes and Monsters, from the Bromley Contingent and Blitz to the Batcave and Leigh Bowery 397

A Final Interview: Simon Reynolds 404

Acknowledgements 429

Index 431

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