9780143036722

Rip It up and Start Again : Postpunk 1978-1984

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  • ISBN13:

    9780143036722

  • ISBN10:

    0143036726

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-03-07
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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Summary

Rip It Up and Start Againis the first book-length exploration of the wildly adventurous music created in the years after punk. Renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds celebrates the futurist spirit of such bands as Joy Division, Gang of Four, Talking Heads, and Devo, which resulted in endless innovations in music, lyrics, performance, and style and continued into the early eighties with the video-savvy synth- pop of groups such as Human League, Depeche Mode, and Soft Cell, whose success coincided with the rise of MTV. Full of insight and anecdote and populated by charismatic characters, Rip It Upre-creates the idealism, urgency, and excitement of one of the most important and challenging periods in the history of popular music.

Author Biography

Simon Reynolds is the author of Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture, Blissed Out: The Raptures of Rock, and The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion, and Rock -'n-'Roll (coauthored with Joy Press). A senior contributing writer for Spin, his pop culture writings have also appeared in many other major publications.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Prologue: The Unfinished Revolution 1(12)
PART 1: POSTPUNK 13(212)
1. Public Image Belongs to Me: John Lydon and PiL
15(11)
2. Autonomy in the U.K.: DIY and the British Independent-Label Movement
26(15)
3. Tribal Revival: The Pop Group and the Slits
41(13)
4. Militant Entertainment: Gang of Four, the Mekons, and the Leeds Scene
54(16)
5. Uncontrollable Urge: The Industrial Grotesquerie of Pere Ubu and Devo
70(15)
6. Living for the Future: Cabaret Voltaire, the Human League, and the Sheffield Scene
85(18)
7. Just Step Sideways: The Fall, Joy Division, and the Manchester Scene
103(21)
8. Industrial Devolution: Throbbing Gristle's Music from the Death Factory
124(15)
9. Contort Yourself: No Wave New York
139(19)
10. Art Attack: Talking Heads, Wire, and Mission of Burma
158(22)
11. Messthetics: The London Vanguard
180(17)
12. Freak Scene: Cabaret Noir and Theater of Cruelty in Postpunk Sall Francisco
197(15)
13. Careering: Pit and Postpunk's Peak and Fall
212(13)
PART 2: NEW POP AND NEW ROCK 225(164)
14. Ghost Dance: 2-Tone and the Ska Resurrection
227(19)
15. Sex Gang Children: Malcolm McLaren, the Pied Piper of Pantomime Pop
246(15)
16. Mutant Disco and Punk Funk: Crosstown Traffic in Early Eighties New York (and Beyond)
261(19)
17. Fun 'n' Frenzy: Postcard Records and the Sound of Young Scotland
280(16)
18. Electric Dreams: Synthpop
296(19)
19. Play to Win: The Pioneers of New Pop
315(17)
20. New Gold Dreams 81-82-83-84: New Pop's Peak, the Second British Invasion of America, and the Rise of MTV
332(20)
21. Dark Things and Glory Boys: The Return of Rock with Goth and the New Psychedelia
352(18)
22. Raiding the Twentieth Century: ITT, the Art of Noise, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood
370(19)
Afterword 389(11)
Acknowledgments 400(3)
Index 403

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