Retromania

I often joke on this blog that the vintage and vintage sounding pro-audio equipment is actually helping me build a time machine to the 80s. While I’m in love with modern times (internet, iPads) I hold the 80s in high regard as the decade man decided to come to the future. The electronic music scene was full of originality. Most of the bands I listened to in 1987 sounded quite different from each other. Of course this must have to do with my age. Or is it something else? Simon Reynolds new book Retromania which will be released on July 19th holds a mirror up to society and asks if we have run out of ideas. Do you think we have?

“We live in a pop age gone loco for retro and crazy for commemoration. Band re-formations and reunion tours, expanded reissues of classic albums and outtake-crammed box sets, remakes and sequels, tribute albums and mash-ups . . . But what happens when we run out of past? Are we heading toward a sort of culturalecological catastrophe where the archival stream of pop history has been exhausted?

Simon Reynolds, one of the finest music writers of his generation, argues that we have indeed reached a tipping point, and that although earlier eras had their own obsessions with antiquity—the Renaissance with its admiration for Roman and Greek classicism, the Gothic movement’s invocations of medievalism—never has there been a society so obsessed with the cultural artifacts of its own immediate past. Retromania is the first book to examine the retro industry and ask the question: Is this retromania a death knell for any originality and distinctiveness of our own?”

For more info: Retromania at Amazon.com