La Retromania

Simon Reynolds autor del prologo del excelente libro sobre musica electronica Loops proximamente va a publicar su nuevo libro: Retromania.

¿Porque tratamos de revivir el pasado continuamente? Que ha pasado con la música popular que últimamente solo mira hacia el pasado para “reencauchar” un genero, un sonido o una moda. En este libro el autor explora este fenómeno, donde es poca la inovacion o originalidad y mucha la influencia, copia y nostalgia.

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 culturalecological 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?