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? Are we heading toward a sort of cultural-ecological catastrophe, where the archival stream of pop history has been exhausted?
Simon Reynolds, one of the finest music writers of his generation, argues that we have indeed reached a tipping point and that although earlier eras had their own obsessions with antiquity - the Renaissance with its admiration for Roman and Greek classicism, the Gothic movement's invocations of medievalism - never has there been a society so obsessed with the cultural artifacts of its own immediate past.
Retromania is the first book to examine the retro industry and ask the question: Is this retromania a death knell for any originality and distinctiveness of our own?
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Could it be that the greatest danger to the future of our music culture is . . . its past?About 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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Descrizione libro Faber and Faber, 2011. Paperback. Condizione libro: Brand New. 496 pages. 9.21x6.02x1.42 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria zk0571232086
Descrizione libro Faber & Faber, 2011. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0571232086
Descrizione libro Faber & Faber, 2011. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 571232086