The definitive history of the post-punk explosion

Rip It Up And Start Again, by Simon Reynolds, Faber & Faber, €24.45.

30th April, 2005

Rip It Up And Start Again, by Simon Reynolds, Faber & Faber, €24.45.

This rich history of the staggeringly innovative music that flourished in the years after punk rock could hardly appear at a more opportune time. In a graphic demonstration of pop again coming full circle, the very bands it celebrates - PiL, Gang of Four, Magazine, Joy Division, The Beat, a hundred others - are having their creative legacies remade, remodelled and reinterpreted...

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