Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Last Night A Book About Post-Punk Saved (ate up several hours of) My Life
what's more arty than trying to destroy art? that's a question and a central theme posed in the book Rip It Up And Start Again by Simon Reynolds, by far the most interesting thing i've read in a long time. it tells the story of the postpunk/DIY era from 1978-1984 (aka the greatest music ever made that no one fucking ever talks about in the established music media except when lazy dicked music journalists try to compare shitty douchebag cockgobblins to Joy Division or Gang Of Four). this book is as essential as Please Kill Me for fans of underground rock and roll or for people who are interested in the political and social climates of early '80s England and America (a time that is not unlike the one we are living in now...but instead of the fear of the Reds nuking us all to hell we get Islamic extremists shoved up our asses like a big fucking broomstick of neu-boogie man).
anyways do yourself a favor if you can pull yourself out from behind your Twilight book (you big fucking nerd) and check out this awesome study of the music scene that really saved rock and roll from itself.
if this book has done anything, besides kill a Tuesday afternoon for me it's made me wanna give a shit about music again and go out and fucking make some more of it...now if only i could sucker a couple of assholes into making some racket with me. regardless, i am declaring myself UN-Retired. so if you need an ego maniac lead singer who can dance around like a fool and will steal all the glory then hit me up.
ten essential albums from the postpunk era that every music lover should own.
gang of four-entertainment!
joy division-unknown pleasures
public image ltd.- metal box/second edition
the fall- live at the witch trials
pere ubu-the modern dance
the birthday party-prayers on fire
magazine- real life
and if you are one of those types who doesn't really listen to albums (aka a douche) then here is a playlist of songs that you should download...
anyways more snobbish music lessons to come with the long offseason underway and nothing to write about besides baseball.