Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past

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Faber & Faber, 2011 - Music - 458 pages
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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?

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Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past

User 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

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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

About the author (2011)

Simon Reynolds is the author of Energy Flash: A Journey through Rave Music and Dance Culture, Blissed Out: The Raptures of Rock, The Sex Revolts: Gender Rebellions and Rock and Roll (co-written with Joy Press), Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 and, most recently, Bring The Noise: Twenty Years of Hip Hop and Hip Rock.

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