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Totally Wired Postpunk Interviews and OverviewsWith his critically acclaimed Rip It Up and Start Again renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds applied a uniue understanding to an entire generation of musicians working in the wake of punk rock Spawning artists as singular as Talking Heads Joy Division The Specials Siouxsie and the Banshees Gang of Four and Devo postpunk achieved new relevance in the first decade of the twenty first century through its profound influence on bands such as Rad. I read and thoroughly enjoyed Reynolds earlier analysis of the post punk music scene Rip it Up so this book which Reynolds regards as a companion to that tomereally was a must read The first half of the book is a collection of interviews with key players in the scene conducted years after the events themselves Jah Wobble on the making of PIL's Metal Box Green Gartside on the mutation of Scritti Politti from punk anarchists collective to polished pop machine and the list goes on but not too much for this reader These interviews apparently informed the Rip it up and so the books definitely need to be read together to get the whole pictureThe period covered is a key one in terms of my own musical development both as a participant and listener and Reynolds really catches the vibe of the times As an I was there document its totally believable The interviews are well conducted and Reynolds asks the right uestions almost every timeI learned a lot and even obtained some useful listening recommendations for bands that had somehow passed me by which says a lot about the sheer amount of uality music being made around that time both in the uk and abroadthe second half of the book contains a number of essays where Reynolds assesses the drivers behind the approaches to music making that appeared during the period I found this sections perhaps less engaging than the interviews themselves but have to agree with pretty much all he has to say about the how the context political social etc helped shape the work of these really uite cutting edge creatives in the wake of the punk 'revolution'This book also took me back to a time when the music press of the day NME Melody Maker and Sounds were a provincial lifeline and contained a level of writing uality not exceeded and in the main not reached since Reynolds is spot on about how rock music has probably used up it potential to innovate and how the post punk period represents the final authentic revolution for guitar based rock Will probably now get hold of his writing on Hip Hop and Rap on the basis of his work in this book and its companionThoroughly recommended

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And proto postpunkers Brian Eno and Malcolm McLaren Reynolds follows these exceptional often eccentric characters from their beginnings through the highs and lows of postpunk’s heydayCrackling with argument and anecdote Totally Wired paints a vivid portrait of individuals struggling against the odds to make their world as interesting as possible in the process leaving a legacy of artistic ambition and provocation that reverberates to this da. Excellent companion piece to Rip It Up and Start Again with a bunch of extra information that couldn't fit naturally into the narratives of the previous book I wish every book I liked had an accompanying 'miscellaneous extras' follow up like this for the super nerds

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Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews summary Ô 8 ´ With his critically acclaimed Rip It Up and Start Again renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds applied a uniue understanding to an entire generation of musicians working in the wake of punk rock Spawning artists as singular as Talking Heads Joy Division TheIohead Franz Ferdinand and Vampire WeekendWith Totally Wired the conversation continues The book features thirty two interviews with postpunk’s most innovative personalities such as Ari Up Jah Wobble David Byrne and Lydia Lunch alongside an “overview” section of further reflections from Reynolds on postpunk’s key icons and crucial scenes Included among them are John Lydon and PIL Ian Curtis and Joy Division and art school conceptualists. So it took me a while to get through this Honestly I skimmed a lot of it I appreciate this as a reference book for any punkmusic collection but since it’s a an oral history; b doesn’t cover my favorite parts of punk history; c I’ve done a ton of other reading covering this section of music history; and d some of the narrators are very full of themselves dudes I found it to be a difficult through read But like I said I stand by it as a reference book for any music person who skews toward building a library of books on the topic