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Retromania : pop culture's addiction to its own past

Author: Simon Reynolds
Publisher: London ; [New York] : Faber & Faber, [2011] ©2011
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Reynolds, Simon, 1963-
(DLC) 2011459083
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Reynolds
ISBN: 9781429968584 1429968583
OCLC Number: 861601602
Description: 1 online resource (xxxvi, 458 pages)
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.
Other Titles: Pop culture's addiction to its own past
Responsibility: Simon Reynolds.
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We live in a pop age gone loco for retro and crazy for commemoration. This book examines the retro industry and ask the question: Is this retromania a death knell for any originality and  Read more...


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