Rip it up and start again – Simon Reynolds (2005)

Rip it up

Just finished this book by Simon Reynolds on the post-punk era, 1978-1984. While I was familiar with most of the bands, there were some good back stories that flesh things out nicely (like Malcolm McLaren’s machinations with BowWowWow, and the Trevor Horn/Paul Morley ZTT story). More detail on the English side of the story, less on the American underground of the time, particularly missing the whole SST story for the most part. Very good website with plenty more materials that didn’t get in the book – discographies, footnotes, etc.

Also some interesting commentary in this Slate book club piece, with regards to American and English music scenes.

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