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Rip it Up and Start Again by Simon Reynolds
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Aug 27, 11

bookshelves: music
Read in September, 2009

Easily the best survey of music ever written. It contributes real joy to the reader who becomes the listener to this extraordinary period for music. Only thing is, having read it your enjoyment of other (subsequent) music might become considerably dampened, because there's no denying or topping the diversity, brilliance & sheer determined genius of much of the music described and encompassed here: Bowie, Talking Heads, Magazine, Scritti Politti, Joy Division, the Fall, the Human League, the Associates, Eno, Roxy Music, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Blondie, Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Smiths, to name a few that spring to mind (in case you can't tell from this list, this book is my musical bible). Hardly surprising that Reynold's latest is a despairing dismissal of current pop music's obsession with rehashing the past...
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