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577 pages, Hardcover
First published April 21, 2005
"I never bought old records during that period. Why would I have? There were so many new records to buy that there was simply no earthly reason to investigate the past." Simon Reynolds
"...it's often implied that nothing of real consequence happened between punk rock and grunge, between Never Mind the Bollocks and Nevermind...
In retrospect, as a distinct pop-cultural epoch, 1978-82 rivals that fabled stretch between 1963 and 1967 commonly known as the sixties. The postpunk era makes a fair match for the sixties in terms of the sheer amount of great music created, the spirit of adventure and idealism that infused it, and the way that the music seemed inextricably connected to the political and social turbulence of its era. There was a similar blend of anticipation and anxiety, a mania for all things new and futuristic coupled with a fear of what the future had in store."
"The true sign that you're living through a golden age is the feeling that it's never going to end. There's no earthly reason why it should stop. It's an illusion, of course, like the first swoony rush of falling in love, but that's how it felt to be young, British, and besotted with pop music in 1982."