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"Anyone who claims to have read five better books about pop is mad, or a liar." —The Guardian, London
the best book on the subject. Great chapters on so many of your favorite purveyors of not-quite-popular-music. Read morePublished 4 months ago by randalman
As a primer for post-punk, it's a reasonable jack of all trades. What it lacks in detail it tries to make up in scope, but ultimately he favors non postpunk pop than telling us... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tuzzster
I thought this book would be amazeballs. But it's only ok.
I mean... 78-84? that's it? more years please. meh.
I loved this book. But I wish someone would release an interactive version with music clips and videos from everything discussed. Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by Fabu Nobo
Bummed to read how much better the UK version is, but the US version is pretty great. Good firsthand sources, a nice balance of overview and detail to keep interest, and plenty of... Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by illnoise
Polystyrene of the X-Ray Spexs, Pauline Black of The Selector, Rhoda Dakar of the The Body Snacthers (UK Artist), Bad Brains, Fish Bone,(USA)no mention. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Gille
You always hear people tell you that punk changed everything. It killed bloated arena rock! It was a fresh sound! It was a break with the 60s! Read morePublished on June 13, 2012 by Augustus Carmichael
Simon Reynolds, who previously wrote the definitive early history of electronica, Generation Ecstasy, is simply one the best music historians and critics alive, an exhaustive... Read morePublished on July 2, 2011 by Erik Ketzan