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Rip It Up and Start Again by Simon Reynolds
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May 30, 2009

it was amazing
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Reynolds does an excellent overview of the post-punk era. Though it's focused on mainly British bands, he does a great job of showing the effects these bands had on the American music culture of the time and the effect Americans had on the British. The post-1977 years was a heady time for music, and Reynolds captures the era's rush and frustrations with wonderful details and interviews.

Speaking of, there's a follow-up book full of interviews with seminal figures of the time, "Totally Wired." Unfortunately, it's only available in Britain, but it's well worth grabbing a copy if you enjoyed this book.

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