Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past
We live in a pop age gone loco for retro and crazy for commemoration. Band re-formations and reunion tours, expanded reissues of classic albums and outtake-crammed box sets, remakes and sequels, tribute albums and mash-ups . . . But what happens when we run out of past? Are we heading toward a sort of cultural-ecological catastrophe, where the archival stream of pop history has been exhausted? Simon Reynolds, one of the finest music writers of his generation, argues that we have indeed reached a tipping point and that although earlier eras had their own obsessions with antiquity - the Renaissance with its admiration for Roman and Greek classicism, the Gothic movement's invocations of medievalism - never has there been a society so obsessed with the cultural artifacts of its own immediate past. Retromania is the first book to examine the retro industry and ask the question: Is this retromania a death knell for any originality and distinctiveness of our own?
What people are saying - Write a review
Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own PastUser Review - Joshua Finnell - Book Verdict
In the 21st century, nostalgia is instantaneous. With childhood commercials a click away on YouTube and a huge world musical archive available for digital download, our thirst for the past is ... Read full review
Review: Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own PastUser Review - James Everington - Goodreads
Simon Reynolds is probably my favourite music critic, and this book doesn't disappoint. Or rather it does, but not because of its writing but it's central thesis: music is eating its own past rather ... Read full review