The first book to make sense of 21st century pop, exploring rock's nostalgia industry of revivals, reissues, reunions and remakes and arguing that there has never before been a culture so obsessed with its own immediate past.
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.
"Amazing." --Bruce Sterling, Wired.com
"Looking back over the last 25 years you'd be hard pressed to name a music journalist more adept at tracking and defining the zeitgeist." --Dave Haslam, "The Guardian"
"Simon Reynolds, one of our most thoughtful music writers, poses a stark question for anyone who cares about the future of pop . . . A devastating critique of the way music is now consumed." --Patrick Sawer, "The Daily Telegraph"
"Bracingly sharp. As a work of contemporary historiography, a thick description of the transformations in our relationship to time--as well as to place--"Retromania" deserves to be very widely read." --Sukhdev Sandhu, "The Observer" (London)
"A provocative and original inquiry into the past and future of popular music." --"Booklist" (starred review)
"[A] mix of canny erudition, critical theory, stylish prose, and vibrant evocations." --"Publishers Weekly"
"Important--and alarming--reading for pop-music aficionados." --"Kirku