The first book to make sense of 21st Century pop, "Retromania" explores rock's nostalgia industry of revivals, reissues, reunions and remakes, and argues that there has never before been a culture so obsessed with its own immediate past.
Pulling together parallel threads from music, fashion, art, and new media, Simon Reynolds confronts a central paradox of our era: from iPods to YouTube, we're empowered by mind-blowing technology, but too often it's used as a time machine or as a tool to shuffle and rearrange music from yesterday.
We live in the digital future but we're mesmerized by our analogue past.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 496 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 05/01/2012
- Category: Rock & Pop music
- ISBN: 9780571232093