Rip It up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984

Rip It up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984

by Simon Reynolds


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Rip It Up and Start Again is the first book-length exploration of the wildly adventurous music created in the years after punk. Renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds celebrates the futurist spirit of such bands as Joy Division, Gang of Four, Talking Heads, and Devo, which resulted in endless innovations in music, lyrics, performance, and style and continued into the early eighties with the video-savvy synth-pop of groups such as Human League, Depeche Mode, and Soft Cell, whose success coincided with the rise of MTV. Full of insight and anecdotes and populated by charismatic characters, Rip It Up and Start Again re-creates the idealism, urgency, and excitement of one of the most important and challenging periods in the history of popular music.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143036722
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/07/2006
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 486,988
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.41(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Simon Reynolds is the author of Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture, Blissed Out: The Raptures of Rock, and The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion, and Rock ’n’Roll (coauthored with Joy Press). A senior contributing writer for Spin, his pop culture writings have also appeared in many other major publications.

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Rip It up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ncnsstnt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Highly readable account of the (mostly British) post-punk music scene from 78-84. He does a great job of putting the music in context of the social/political climate of the time (the backlash of punk, Thatcher and Reagan's rise to power, the return of the right wing) and exploring the different sub-sects of post-punk. From arty (Talking Heads, Gang of Four) to No Wave (Suicide, Teenage Jesus & The Jerks) to industrial (Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire) to new wave (Devo, etc) to gothic (Bauhaus, Siouxsie) to synth pop (Human League, Gary Numan). Best of all, this book proves that it's possible to write an engaging account of an entire movement of music that is entertaining as well as informative. Now, if only someone would write an account of death metal like this!
wodehousegirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great read, but definitely meant only for those with previous knowledge of or respect for this era of music history. Newcomers to this genre will most likely be put off by the sheer amount of obscure information that Reynolds includes, while post-punk nerds such as myself will revel in it. However, it should be noted that the US version is highly censored and cut by almost 200 pages, and does not include the original photos of the UK release. Take some time to seek out the original UK publication and, of course, actually listen to the music that it's describing! It makes the whole experience of reading this book so much more enjoyable, you won't regret it!
Loud_Librarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I highly enjoyed this review of one of the most underrated and exciting periods in popular music history.
amydross on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There were a lot of interesting anecdotes in this book, but don't even try to read it cover to cover unless you are a serious music afficianado. I only read the chapters about bands I actually had heard of -- that made it bearable.
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Chris Hartman More than 1 year ago
Very in depth look into the post punk world. recommend as a primer for anyone starting to get into this style of music.