Rip It Up And Start Again: Post-Punk 1978-1984. In this, the first book to take a big-picture view of the entire post punk period, acclaimed author and music journalist Simon Reynolds recreates a time of tremendous urgency and idealism in pop music. Full of anecdote and insight, and featuring the likes of Joy Division, The Fall, Pere Ubu, PiL and Talking Heads, Rip It Up And Start Again stands as one of the most inspired and inspiring books on popular music ever written.

Reynolds’s overarching polemic is this: that punk was not year zero at all, but, rather, the last gasp of a … More

“Between 1976-81, I collaborated with David (Widgery), in the organisation Rock Against Racism.. The music came first and was more exciting. It provided the creative energy and the focus in what became a battle for the hearts and minds of young working-class Britian” Ruth Gregory (Hastings).

An anthology of conversations and essays, memories and commentary from the heyday of British pop music writing. In its heyday, … More

Available now, An anthology of conversations and essays, memories and commentary from the heyday of British pop music writing. In its heyday, from the 1960s – 1980s, the UK music press was the forging ground for a new critical culture, where readers could encounter anything from comics and cult films to new musical forms and radical underground politics. It created an off-mainstream collective cultural commons improvised through a networked subculture of rival weeklies, monthlies, & fanzines, including such titles as NME, Melody Maker, Sounds, Record Mirror, Black Echoes, Black Music, Let It Rock, Street Life, Zigzag, and Smash Hits.

This anthology of conversations and essays, memories and commentary explores how this uncharted space first came about, who put it … More