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Retromania by Simon Reynolds

Retromania by Simon Reynolds

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

Published by Faber and Faber Ltd, 2012 (458 pages; paperback)

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The Wire contributor Simon Reynolds argues that we live in a pop age gripped by the retro and the commemorative. From band reformations and reunion tours, to revivals and reissues, remakes and mash-ups, Retromania asks whether we are heading toward a cultural-ecological catastrophe, where the archival resources of rock history have been exhausted.

Stating that never before has there been a society so obsessed with the cultural artifacts of its own immediate past, Reynolds argues that we have reached a tipping point