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Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past

by Simon Reynolds

Paperback, 458 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, List Price: $18 |


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Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past
Simon Reynolds

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Book Summary

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 cultural-ecological catastrophe, where the archival stream of pop history has been exhausted? 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?