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Reynolds, Simon, 1963-
Retromania : pop culture's addiction to its own past / Simon Reynolds
Alternate Title Pop culture's addiction to its own past
[1st American ed.]
London ; [New York] : Faber & Faber, c2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 Browsing/1st Flr  ML3534 .R4915 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Popular music -- History and criticism
Music -- Social aspects
Popular culture -- History
Physical Description xxxvi, 458 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [431]-440) and index
Summary 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? 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?
Contents Pop will repeat itself: museums, reunions, rock docs, re-enactments -- Total recall: music and memory in the time of YouTube -- Lost in the shuffle: record collecting and the twilight of music as an object -- Good citations: the rise of the rock curator -- Turning Japanese: the empire of retro and the hipster international -- Strange changes: fashion, retro and vintage -- Turn back time: revival cults and time-warp tribes -- No future: punk's reactionary roots and retro aftermath -- Rock on (and on) (and on): the never-ending fifties revival -- Ghosts of futures past: sampling, hauntology and mash-ups -- Out of space: nostalgia for giant steps and final frontiers -- The retroscape (slight return) -- The shock of the old: past, present and future in the first decade of the twenty-first century

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