Books by Simon Reynolds

Simon Reynolds is a British music journalist best known for his definitive post-punk history, Rip It Up and Start Again. His other books include Bring the Noise and his latest, Retromania, which Kirkus recommends as “important—and alarming—reading for pop-music aficionados.”

Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"For neo-glamsters, a blueprint for how to get things done; for oldsters, a nostalgic look into a shining, glittery era."
"In the early seventies, decadence was what we'd nowadays call a ‘meme.' " The wide-ranging rock journalist probes the highs and lows of glam. Read full book review >
Released: July 26, 2011

"Important—and alarming—reading for pop-music aficionados."
A leading British music critic argues that our fascination with the recent past has stifled innovation and originality in popular culture. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2006

"A compelling read, swamped in the end by the new wave of '80s rock."
The history of postpunk rock gets a microscopic examination by a keen-eyed English observer. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 10, 1998

"Although neither Reynolds nor anyone else can predict post-rave's future, his hardcore history of its first decade is a heady remix of the soundscape's greatest hits."
Rock journalist Reynolds (The Sex Revolts) chronicles how MDMA (a psychedelic amphetamine, aka "ecstasy") and MIDI (computer sound technology) together spawned the unique dance culture of the "chemical generation." Read full book review >