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Bring the Noise: 20 Years of Writing about Hip Rock and Hip Hop

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  204 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Bring the Noise weaves together interviews, reviews, essays, and features to create a critical history of the last twenty years of pop culture, juxtaposing the voices of many of rock and hip hop's most provocative artists--Morrissey, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, The Stone Roses, P.J. Harvey, Radiohead--with Reynolds's own passionate analysis. With all the energy and ins ...more
ebook, 465 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Soft Skull Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Amar Pai
Jun 24, 2011 Amar Pai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I forgot how much I like Simon Reynolds. This book is making me excited about music again. It's a collection of his essays spanning the last 25 years. Emphasis on hip hop/pop, theme running through much of it is the interaction between "white culture" and "black culture," and race/music in general.

Coming from most writers, the pretentious theoretical critical blather woven into these interviews with British pop stars (Morrissey) and reviews of rave/jungle/2-step/mainstream R&B/rap would be
Mel Bonkers
Jul 28, 2013 Mel Bonkers rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got past the first chapter and thought this is merely the opinion of the beholder who has possibly never had a job nor studied within the realms of demographic or social psychology. Pretentious and self indulging. I have a relatively new copy available for free should anyone be willing to conform, call it a gift
Nov 07, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the early 80s, I was an avid reader of the NME, and I loved Paul Morley's imaginative prose in particular. Towards the end of the decade, I leant more towards Melody Maker, and Simon Reynolds was one of the principal reasons. This collection of previously-released articles for MM and various other publications shows why I enjoyed his writing so much. He is an extremely lucid and enthusiastic commentator who never talks down to his audience; he is no shallow hipster, even if his tastes rarely ...more
Mar 23, 2015 Martyn rated it it was ok
I remember now why I liked Paul Morley so much back in the day. Simon Reynolds is so negative about every band that I loved and still love today that I can't help but be put off by his ever so smug analysis of popular music. He seems to forget that many, many people don't select music based on the genre pushing darlings of a few insular music journos but on the basis of what speaks to them personally. I find sentences like "you should be listening to x" highly irritating, especially if x happens ...more
Rog Harrison
I bought this over eighteen months ago but after reading a couple of the articles (it's a collection of articles the author wrote over twenty years) the book lay on my bedside table without my feeling the urge to pick it up again. The problem was that most of the articles are about musicians I was not interested in. However recently I thought I really ought to try and finish it. I found it hard going because some of the musical genres and many of the musicians I had never even heard of let alone ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Rosemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music-books
This book started out really great. I was loving what I was reading. However, as I progressed through the book I found the amount of writing on house music to mean I lost interest a bit. I'm sure for some others this would not be a problem. Overall Reynolds' intellectual and impassioned knowledge of music over the last 25 years or so makes for very interesting reading. He discusses a range of genres and I would recommend this book to any modern music enthusiast.
Gary Fowles
I've enjoyed Reynolds' other books a lot, but found this one dragged somewhat. When he has a subject to sink his teeth into, such as post punk or rave culture there's no one better. But small essays about various musical genres doesn't work quite as well.
alessandra falca
Bellissimo. Grande saggio. come sempre grande Reynolds. Il mio saggista rock/pop preferito.
Mar 02, 2009 Godzilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music, sub-cultures, 2009
An insightful journey into post punk music. I'm not a fan of some of the genres covered, but they were interesting depictions and added to my understanding of different offshoots of dance music.
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Simon Reynolds is one of the most respected music journalists working today, and his writing is both influential and polarizing. He draws on an impressive range of knowledge, and writes with a fluid, engaging style. His books Rip it Up and Start Again and Generation Ecstasy are well-regarded works about their respective genres, and RETROMANIA may be his most broadly appealing book yet. It makes an ...more
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