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Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews
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Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews Simon Reynolds With his critically acclaimed Rip It Up and Start Again, renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds applied a unique understanding to an entire generation of musicians working in the wake of punk rock Spawning artists as singular as Talking Heads, Joy Division, The Specials, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Gang of Four, and Devo, postpunk achieved new relevance in the first decaWith his critically acclaimed Rip It Up and Start Again, renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds applied a unique understanding to an entire generation of musicians working in the wake of punk rock Spawning artists as singular as Talking Heads, Joy Division, The Specials, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Gang of Four, and Devo, postpunk achieved new relevance in the first decade of the twenty first century through its profound influence on bands such as Radiohead, Franz Ferdinand, and Vampire Weekend.With Totally Wired the conversation continues The book features thirty two interviews with postpunk s most innovative personalities such as Ari Up, Jah Wobble, David Byrne, and Lydia Lunch alongside an overview section of further reflections from Reynolds on postpunk s key icons and crucial scenes Included among them are John Lydon and PIL, Ian Curtis and Joy Division, and art school conceptualists and proto postpunkers Brian Eno and Malcolm McLaren Reynolds follows these exceptional, often eccentric characters from their beginnings through the highs and lows of postpunk s heyday.Crackling with argument and anecdote, Totally Wired paints a vivid portrait of individuals struggling against the odds to make their world as interesting as possible, in the process leaving a legacy of artistic ambition and provocation that reverberates to this day.. Totally Wired Postpunk Interviews and Overviews With his critically acclaimed Rip It Up and Start Again renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds applied a unique understanding to an entire generation of musicians working in the wake of punk rock S
  • Title: Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews
  • Author: Simon Reynolds
  • ISBN: 9781593762865
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Adam says:

      This collection of interviews and selected essays about postpunk is incredibly informative and insightful Simon Reynolds knows and loves his subject, which makes him a successful interviewer It s a great companion piece to his similarly excellent Rip it Up and Start Again.Postpunk was truly fertile ground, drawing from 70 s white proto punk and interacting with contemporary black music sonically disco beats, emphasis on drum and bass instead of guitar, incorporation of saxophone, etc , while dra [...]

    2. Evan Brown says:

      Simon Reynolds is one of the most critically acclaimed music journalists of the past decade and has found himself the authority on both 90 s electronic dance music and the post punk movement of the late 70 s and early 80 s If his 2006 release Rip It Up and Start Again Post Punk 1978 1984 is mashed potatoes, it s companion, Totally Wired, is the gravy In Rip It Up Reynolds documents six extremely exciting and important years in musical history that were previously unspoken for As suggested by the [...]

    3. John Parkinson says:

      I read and thoroughly enjoyed Reynolds earlier analysis of the post punk music scene Rip it Up so this book which Reynolds regards as a companion to that tome ,really was a must read The first half of the book is a collection of interviews with key players in the scene conducted years after the events themselves Jah Wobble on the making of PIL s Metal Box, Green Gartside on the mutation of Scritti Politti from punk anarchists collective to polished pop machine and the list goes on, but not too m [...]

    4. Tosh says:

      Not only did Simon Reynolds wrote the ultimate history of Post Punk, but maybe the only one Nevertheless Totally Wired is a perfect brother or sister to his Rip It Up Basically a collection of interviews with the key players of Post Punk all British except for David Thomas, Lydia Lunch, and the great James Chance White The subject matter of both books are interesting, but what makes it really shine is Reynolds intelligence and asking the right question to the right person All interviewees are su [...]

    5. Sam says:

      Wonder what Dennis Bovell thought of the Slits No Just can t get enough of Rip It Up Start Again If so, you should check this out.

    6. Lizzy says:

      So, it took me a while to get through this Honestly, I skimmed a lot of it I appreciate this as a reference book for any punk music collection, but since it s a an oral history b doesn t cover my favorite parts of punk history c I ve done a ton of other reading covering this section of music history and d some of the narrators are very full of themselves dudes, I found it to be a difficult through read But like I said, I stand by it as a reference book for any music person who skews toward build [...]

    7. Paul Hebron says:

      Totally Wired takes the post punk exploration of Rip It Up and Start Again to new depths by seeking out the visionaries who shaped critical theory, literary references, radical politics, paranoia, defiance, joy, electronics, funk, and dub, into the most potent musical form to emerge in the west since Johnny Rotten stared down the audience like he wanted to be inside each of their heads and do something very unfortunate indeed Musicians, label owners, producers, and broadcasters divulge the pathw [...]

    8. Rog Harrison says:

      I saw this cheap so thought I d buy it I don t think I have read any other books by Simon Reynolds though I do have the CD Rip it up I have just had a look at the CD and I don t think I can have listened to it much because the names of the songs and indeed some of the bands did not seem familiar.This book consists of 343 pages of interviews and 80 pages of overviews I enjoyed the interviews even though some of them were with people I had not heard of and even though some of the music and bands d [...]

    9. Gaelan D'costa says:

      I can never fill myself with enough background information on the post punk era If you liked Rip It Up and Start Again Postpunk 1978 1984, this book is great.It contains probably no insight into a larger artistic process or greater truth, but like Rip It Up it captures background and a list of bands to check out in a magical era of music that I love dearly.Whereas Rip It Up was a series of curated paragraphs, the selections here are interviews, and often the content from one interview will conne [...]

    10. K. says:

      Jah Wobble Music is an interesting interface between dark and light With PiL there s a great darkness It s like Blake s paintings they re very dark, but there s a luminosity to the darkness The darkness glows Rather than pop music, which is major key, smile smile smile, or Shostakovich, which is sad and sombre, I like the in between thing which you get with modal music or with impressionism Light and dark diffusing spirit meets matter.Alison Statton I can remember being mesmerised by the church [...]

    11. Rod says:

      A fantastic companion volume to Rip it Up and Start Again, this is comprised almost entirely of interviews with the musicians and other figures who were the subject of the preceding book Reynolds just presents these interviews in raw QA format, and lets the interview subjects speak for themselves, often very revealingly Particularly interesting so far is the very irascible and wilfully difficult David Thomas of Pere Ubu Has has some opinions that kind of make your head hurt, but he s no less eng [...]

    12. Chris says:

      If you enjoyed Rip It Up Start Again, this is a collection of the raw slightly edited interviews that the book was made from Also, a few overviews of topics that didn t make it into the book, most notably SST Records And, in case you were wondering if Simon Reynolds is as self absorbed as he seems, it ends with him interviewingSimon Reynolds For 24 pages.All that said, it s definitely recommended if you re interested in any of these musicians Even some of the folks I didn t think I cared about S [...]

    13. Gus Casals says:

      This superb book is essential reading, both as a companion to Rip it up and start again, Reynold s definite book on post punk, but also as a stand alone piece to understand from the creators themselves what was the intent during that creative pinnacle of the late seventies and early eighties.It s also a great guide to a discovery of the music of the era, specially if you don t have the comprehensive knowledge and record collection of Reynolds.I dare you to read it and not feel compelled to sound [...]

    14. Oscar says:

      The companion book to Rip it Up and Start Again, also by Simon Reynolds, containing a bunch of the source interviews conducted while researching it as well as some additional essays and articles on the same subject.The interviews themselves comprising the meat of the book are with a mixture of musicians, producers, label heads and journalists Examples would be Jah Wobble and Richard H Kirk, Dennis Bovell and Martin Rushent, Tony Wilson and Trevor Horn as well as Paul Morley and John Peel.If Rip [...]

    15. Eve Kay says:

      I m not a genre specialist, but I know a thing or do and am in a relationship with someone who is very genre savvy Hence, I hear a lot about what is post punk and what is not I m not saying Reynolds doesn t know their stuff, I m just saying in my view, some of these bands shouldn t be here.It did honestly feel like I was reading about my music from a perspective of someone who did not share my enthusiasm And it was missing some of the big ones for me Just sayin.

    16. Jeff Jackson says:

      Excellent volume of interviews with post punk luminaries including David Byrne, Ari Up, Lydia Lunch, Alan Vega, Jah Wobble, Mark Stewart, Andy Gill, Gina Birch of the Raincoats, Green Gartside of Scritti Politti, and It serves as a companion to Reynold s essential Rip It Up and Start Again, so you ll want to start there for the full post punk story.

    17. Tom says:

      A good companion book to the same author s better Rip it up start again This has longer interviews with some of the key people, but less analysis Alan Vega, Phil Oakey and Edwyn Collins shine, as does Steven Daly The book is somewhat encumbered by several reviews of related books and films tacked on at the end, all in Director s Cut format

    18. Gregarious cline says:

      Having read this and the prequel Rip it Up, I m going to try and read everything Simon Reynolds has written Amazing form and pacing and insights and interviews and and and

    19. Oscar says:

      An even better better companion to rip it up in a that reynolds appears as less intrusive.

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