Pop Culture's Addiction to its Own Past


Author: Simon Reynolds

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571271804

Category: Art

Page: 496

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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? Simon Reynolds, one of the finest music writers of his generation, argues that we have indeed reached a tipping point and that although earlier eras had their own obsessions with antiquity - the Renaissance with its admiration for Roman and Greek classicism, the Gothic movement's invocations of medievalism - never has there been a society so obsessed with the cultural artifacts of its own immediate past. 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?


The Funkiest Cameras of Photography's Golden Age


Author: Lawrence Harvey

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1781570426

Category: Photography

Page: 176

View: 8950

The Lomography phenomenon shows that interest in - and love for - cheap, fun cameras has never been stronger. But the few plastic-lens models that are still manufactured are only the tip of the iceberg, with hundreds of amazing, exciting, weird and wonderful models widely available - and at low prices. This book is the first to look at every significant 'people's camera' launched since Kodak's Box Brownie brought cameras to the masses in 1908 and launched the photo revolution - providing a fascinating insight into the tastes of previous generations.

How to Write About Music

Excerpts from the 33 1/3 Series, Magazines, Books and Blogs with Advice from Industry-leading Writers


Author: N.A

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1628920467

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 432

View: 2118

If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, you'd do best to hone your chops and avoid clichés (like the one that begins this sentence) by learning from the prime movers. How to Write About Music offers a selection of the best writers on what is perhaps our most universally beloved art form. Selections from the critically-acclaimed 33 1/3 series appear alongside new interviews and insights from authors like Lester Bangs, Chuck Klosterman, Owen Pallet, Ann Powers and Alex Ross. How to Write About Music includes primary sources of inspiration from a variety of go-to genres such as the album review, the personal essay, the blog post and the interview along with tips, writing prompts and advice from the writers themselves. Music critics of the past and the present offer inspiration through their work on artists like Black Sabbath, Daft Punk, J Dilla, Joy Division, Kanye West, Neutral Milk Hotel, Radiohead, Pussy Riot and countless others. How to Write About Music is an invaluable text for all those who have ever dreamed of getting their music writing published and a pleasure for everyone who loves to read about music.

Retro Mania!


Author: Judi Watanabe,Alison Eads,Laurie Dewberry

Publisher: North Light Books

ISBN: 9781581807462

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 96

View: 3726

Let's Go Retro! With over 60 cards, party decorations, gifts and scrapbook layouts to choose from, going retro is a snap. From 1940s sophistication to the lounge-chic 1950s and the free and easy "hang loose" feel of the '60s and '70s, you'll find plenty of ideas to satisfy your retro cravings in Retro Mania! Inside you'll: Discover fabulous ways to use the cool retro papers, rubber stamps and doodads available today Brush up on your crafting skills with a chapter on the basics and tips throughout the book Learn to create fun and funky projects with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions With Retro Mania!, going retro has never been easier! So slip on your favorite tie-dyed shirt and start crafting today!

The Relentless Pursuit of Tone

Timbre in Popular Music


Author: Robert Fink,Melinda Latour,Zachary Wallmark

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199985251

Category: Music

Page: 400

View: 8865

The Relentless Pursuit of Tone: Timbre in Popular Music assembles a broad spectrum of contemporary perspectives on how "sound" functions in an equally wide array of popular music. Ranging from the twang of country banjoes and the sheen of hip-hop strings to the crunch of amplified guitars and the thump of subwoofers on the dance floor, this volume bridges the gap between timbre, our name for the purely acoustic characteristics of sound waves, and tone, an emergent musical construct that straddles the borderline between the perceptual and the political. Essays engage with the entire history of popular music as recorded sound, from the 1930s to the present day, under four large categories. "Genre" asks how sonic signatures define musical identities and publics; "Voice" considers the most naturalized musical instrument, the human voice, as racial and gendered signifier, as property or likeness, and as raw material for algorithmic perfection through software; "Instrument" tells stories of the way some iconic pop music machines-guitars, strings, synthesizers-got (or lost) their distinctive sounds; "Production" then puts it all together, asking structural questions about what happens in a recording studio, what is produced (sonic cartoons? rockist authenticity? empty space?) and what it all might mean.

Film Remakes, Adaptations and Fan Productions



Author: K. Loock,C. Verevis

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137263350

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 252

View: 1582

A dynamic investigation of processes of cultural reproduction – remaking and remodelling – which considers a wide range of film adaptations, remakes and fan productions from various industrial, textual and critical perspectives.

Revolutionary Nostalgia

Retromania, Neo-Burlesque, and Consumer Culture


Author: Marie-Cécile Cervellon,Stephen Brown

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1787693465

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 5702

Long regarded as a maudlin mental state, nostalgia is everywhere and has been reimagined as a signifier of good mental health. It is no longer the bailiwick of right-wing reactionaries but a crucible of critical thinking and revolutionary intent. This book explores the revolution in nostalgia and the nostalgia in revolution.



Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Music

Page: N.A

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