Rip it Up and Start Again

Rip it Up and Start Again

Punk's raw power rejuvenated rock, but by the summer of 1977 the movement had become a parody of itself. RIP IT UP AND START AGAIN is a celebration of what happened next. Post-punk bands like PiL, Joy Division, Talking Heads, The Fall and The Human League dedicated themselves to fulfilling punk's unfinished musical revolution. The post-punk groups were fervent modernists; w Punk's raw power rejuvenated rock, but by the summer of 1977 the movement had become a parody of itself. RIP IT UP AN...

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Title:Rip it Up and Start Again
Author:Simon Reynolds
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Genres:Music
ISBN:Rip It Up and Start Again: Post-Punk 1978-84
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:577 pages pages

Rip it Up and Start Again Reviews

  • Tosh
    Oct 26, 2007
    Simon Reynolds is a great critic/historian. The 80's! On the surface it seems to be dull time, but alas, not true! Great music works were produced in that era, everything from Adam Ant (Yes!) to Pere Ubu. Public Image, The Slits, Scritti Politti - and lots more are covered in this book...
  • Ryan
    Aug 18, 2009
    I bought this book as an ideal airplane book - potentially interesting, but not likely to be particularly taxing. And it was pretty much as a I expected. I'm not a post-punk disciple (born a little late), and know the music mostly from a "looking-back" perspective. Coming from this poi...
  • Adam
    Aug 19, 2013
    Punk has gotten too many histories and This Band could be your Life gave a history of the American Post hardcore, but my favorite moment in the history has been relatively undocumented until Reynold?s brilliant book. The collision of some of my favorite literature (Kafka, Ballard, Bu...
  • Amy
    May 05, 2013
    I loved it...I feel like I know everything about post-punk now! This book hits pretty much every one of my all-time favorites: Talking Heads, Devo, Orange Juice, Gang of Four, Joy Division, the Raincoats, etc etc. I've enjoyed reading Simon Reynolds in the past, and this seems like his...
  • David
    Nov 11, 2007
    The standard narrative of the pop music history of the late 70?s and early 80?s has the bracing musical revolution of punk quickly degenerating into the more commercial and co-optable form of New Wave. Punk is the honest, authentic voice of political and aesthetic revolution, while...
  • Wes Freeman
    Oct 09, 2008
    Book divided between the underground and mainstream bands of the post-punk era/ethos. Most of 'em are British. I once saw a Yardbirds' documentary where former 'birds guitarist Eric Clapton said, "I just don't think you can start a band on a drawing board." Here is 400 pages of bands t...
  • Drew
    Mar 18, 2008
    This is what happened: I bought the US edition of this book back when it was released, read it, loved it. Six months or so later, I learned that the original UK edition had been cut all to hell for its US release. Something like 200 pages had been removed in order to pare the US editio...
  • Eric
    Mar 06, 2008
    Okay, I was the kid who ate, drank and dreamed music. Music was always around from the Red Hot Chili Peppers in a small club, being the the midst of FEAR riot in downtown L.A., watching Grand Master Flash at the Palace, to catching Love and Rockets on their first tour in the U.S. Y...
  • Andrew
    May 25, 2008
    A thorough and intellectual (sometimes a little too thorough and intellectual) overview of British and American post-punk art rock and pop. The first half of the book explains the lofty intellectual and musical ideals the drove bands such as Public Image Ltd., Pere Ubu, Joy Division, G...
  • Brandon
    Feb 18, 2012
    Here is a band. They put out a great record. Here's why it was great. Then they became less great and broke up. Here is another band. They put out a great record. Here's why it was great. Then they became less great and broke up. Here is another band. They put out a great record. Here'...
  • Aaron
    Aug 26, 2012
    It's no secret amongst my friends that I pretty much obsess over the post-punk era. This books seemed short at 500+ pages while containing more information and insight into the scene, how it came about, mutated and ended than seemed possible. Sure there's a million other stories to tel...
  • Baal Of
    Aug 27, 2018
    One of the best books about music I've read. Exhaustively researched, the huge amount of material is organized and presented with a structural narrative that helps expose the links between the amazingly disparate bands that were spawned during this time period, in the aftermath of punk...
  • Paul
    Mar 03, 2013
    This is certainly the best single book so far on post-punk, but it is significantly impaired, firstly by Reynolds' refusal or inability to decide what he means by 'post-punk', and secondly, by his decision to try to include musical developments after punk in the US. He ought to have de...
  • Bunnyhugger
    Jun 01, 2011
    Update 2 I've just finished reading my copy of the US edition which covers a lot of ground despite being 200 pages shorter than the original UK version. Simon Reynolds gives a detailed account of this time period and is enjoyably opinionated which made the text less dry than it could ...
  • Khris Sellin
    Dec 07, 2011
    It took me FOREVER to finish this book, only because I was having such a great time going back & forth between it and YouTube to listen to some of the old favorites from the postpunk era, and some I'd never even heard of before. Lots of interesting stories and great insights about ...
  • Lily Rojo
    Jun 18, 2009
    This is a great read, but definitely meant only for those with previous knowledge of or respect for this era of music history. Newcomers to this genre will most likely be put off by the sheer amount of obscure information that Reynolds includes, while post-punk nerds such as myself wil...
  • J.S.
    Dec 05, 2017
    "I never bought old records during that period. Why would I have? There were so many new records to buy that there was simply no earthly reason to investigate the past." Simon Reynolds Somewhere I heard that the music you're listening to when you're 14 years old is the music that you ...
  • Ian Forsyth
    Oct 02, 2017
    Quotes/Notes: There have been a thousand carefully reasoned theses validating punk's sociocultural import, but if anyone's really honest, the sheer monstrous evil of punk was a huge part of its appeal. In retrospect, as a distinct pop-cultural epoch, 1978-82 rivals that fabled s...
  • Phil
    Aug 22, 2011
    I would have given this book five stars if it had a more cohesive sense of continuity, but with the sheer amount of ground Reynolds covers, I don't know if that would have been possible. Each individual chapter, typically covering a group of stylistically or otherwise related artists, ...
  • Gabe
    Aug 08, 2011
    Endlessly exhaustive and meticulously researched history of one of the most fertile and creative periods of music since rock and roll expropriated the black blue. There is an interesting parallel in which Reynolds compares the synth-pop Second English Invasion of the early 80s to the o...
  • Bernard O'Leary
    May 22, 2016
    It's such a challenge to document the musical landscape after punk, which really was a cultural Year Zero, especially in the British alternative scene. Reynolds takes the correct (imho) approach here of breaking it into two sections: the immediate aftermath, with bands like PiL, Joy Di...
  • Tracy Reilly
    Jan 30, 2017
    So, this book probably was written for me. Those are my years, this is my music. I was a bit surprised at how differently this was written from the usual rock journalism stuff,usually full of that overly cute jargon, with the writer's personality in flamboyant display. Well in a monthl...
  • Jesús
    Aug 20, 2012
    Mastodntico, enciclopdico, imprescindible. El libro de Reynolds pone orden en aquello que el punk dej patas arriba y hace que nos preguntemos no ya qu es el post-punk, sino: qu no es post-punk? Es msica disco, es reggae, es dub; es negro, es blanco y es africano; es de Nu...
  • Scott Holstad
    Aug 18, 2013
    This was an exhausting book to read, in part, because the author was so exhaustive in his research and, thus, the book is a thorough overview of British, and to a lesser extent, American post-punk rock. It's also a strangely intellectual book, and at times, it felt like I was reading a...
  • Paul
    Jan 26, 2013
    Warning: do not read this book unless you have ready access to Spotify or some other music subscription service that allows you to listen to entire albums without purchasing them, or else you will go bankrupt trying to catch up with the Fall, James Chance and the Contortions, the Assoc...
  • Robin
    Jun 02, 2018
    Classic history of post punk. ...
  • Orsodimondo
    Jan 09, 2016
    DAMAGE GOODS Penso all?idea del rock come forza in grado di cambiare almeno la coscienza del singolo ascoltatore?Il post-punk stato l?ultimo grande periodo in cui c? stata una forte ondata di innovazione che riguardasse insieme musica, testi, performance e anche il ruolo...
  • Stephen McQuiggan
    May 03, 2018
    How punk came to reinvent itself, to conform and deform. Whenever the bands speak for themselves the book becomes interesting, but otherwise it's more jargon than prose. It is hard to describe music in words, but this gets pretentious very quickly; irritatingly so. The author dismisses...
  • Julie Mickens
    Oct 12, 2015
    This is what was cool in that first decade that I was alive, but too young to know anything beyond my parents' country 8-tracks and what was on the car radio. As I gradually began to discover this music in high school and beyond -- anywhere from 5 to 15 years after it was actually made...
  • Tom O'Grady
    Feb 20, 2018
    This book is a must read, if you are like me, and always trying to figure out exactly how classic rock, punk, post punk, and new wave evolved. The beauty of it, is with the internet, you can listen to every single artist that Reynolds talks about in this massive journey. There are some...