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Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past

By Simon Reynolds
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Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past by Simon Reynolds

Retromania (2011) takes a critical look at the state of modern pop music and asks what happened to all the innovative energy behind the pop of the past 50 years. Why hasn’t there been another groundbreaking innovative musical movement like the punk-rock explosion of the 1970s or the hip-hop boom of the 1980s? Find out what’s keeping today’s artists from creating the next great rock ’n’ roll revolution.

  • Music lovers who want to explore the roots of contemporary pop music
  • Nostalgic flower children who want to revisit the music of their youth
  • Musicians who want to spark the next revolution in today’s pop culture

Simon Reynolds is a British music critic and journalist. After working for the magazine Melody Maker in the 1980s, he became a regular contributor to the New Yorker and the Guardian and wrote several books on the history of music.  

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