Same Old Scene

The newest book from esteemed pop music pundit Simon Reynolds has arrived! Reynold's last book Rip It Up And Start Again, which dealt with the history of Post-Punk, is unanimously considered a classic (in stock!) of music-lit and all signs point to Retromania following in it's stead.
From the Guardian review:
These days, as Simon Reynolds describes in Retromania, things are very different. Pop music, even though sales of vinyl and cassettes are going up, is less likely to exist in material form. There's no need to dream about what a particular Velvet Underground bootleg or Frankie Wilson's famously rare northern soul stomper "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)" or 20s field recordings of Inuit might sound like: they're available at the click of a mouse. The deleted, the obscure, the exotic: archaeological layers of musical history are constantly being rediscovered, circulated and filtered into records being released today.

From his interview in The Quietus:
I think the whole antiquing thing, this vintage thing, has something to do with this weird middle class thing of wanting to distance yourself from consumerism while still consuming – because it's enjoyable and you like to have things – and I came across this really cool quote by this artist called Margaret Kilgallen. She uses a lot of commercial imagery and old commercials and signage and stuff from another era… things she got from advertisements in old magazines.She said something like: "This stuff becomes interesting to me when it's no longer selling anything to me."And I thought that was an interesting thing to say because you can see the same thing with the hypnagogic pop people. They're interested in Hall & Oates and Don Henley and all these things from the past, which are no longer mainstream. They're not interested in Adele, which is probably the exact equivalent of those things today. They're interested in yesteryear's mainstream commercial stuff because it's no longer the same to them.

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