I’ve seen Simon’s Reynolds’ work here and there in magazines and have always gotten behind the hyper magnification of pop culture’s wild trends and microtrends. He’s a young author with a knack for breaking it down and making the reader realize (but because he’s from across the pond he would spell is “realise,” isn’t that crasy?) how everything can be traced back to something else. Sounds simple enough and with the sample-based media landscape it is common knowledge in most savvy circles, but Reynolds knocks the theories out of the park. After listening to an interview with him on Jesse Thorn’s Bullseye (formally the Sound of Young America) I picked up his new book Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past. Any music fan, internet fan, fan of pop culture in general will excitedly turn each page of this paperback and wish they were enrolled in a class that they could earn credit for to pine over it. Every page is wildly interesting.
Listen, I know that you’re a busy internet reader with a bad case of ADD so I won’t go on or ask you to be my friend on GoodReads (unrelated: will you please be my friend on Good Reads? I just joined- let’s talk.) but please keep an eye out for this if you collect records, own an ipod, have ever seen a remake of a movie or even if you lived thru the 2000s- this is a book for you. The intense examination of pop culture and pop music specifically make this a book addicting.
All hail Simon Reynolds. Pick up the book at a local bookstore near you. Or if you can’t bear to leave the house- on amazon.