Simon Reynolds - Rip It Up And Start Again
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The Best Books About Music
41. Simon Reynolds - Rip It Up And Start Again
The ideal follow-up to England's Dreaming, Reynolds follows John Lydon's progress after the Sex Pistols implode, with the foundation of Public Image Ltd and all the other bands that followed in their wake. The story looks at the work of bands like Joy Division, Echo And The Bunnymen and U2, plus electronica (The Human League), industrial (Throbbing Gristle) and stadium rock (Simple Minds) before winding up in 1984 with the advent of cheesy synthetic pop in the shape of Duran Duran and Boy George. An excellent reader.