The first book to make sense of 21st Century pop, "Retromania"
explores rock's nostalgia industry of revivals, reissues, reunions
and remakes, and argues that there has never before been a culture
so obsessed with its own immediate past. Pulling together parallel
threads from music, fashion, art, and new media, Simon Reynolds
confronts a central paradox of our era: from iPods to YouTube,
we're empowered by mind-blowing technology, but too often it's used
as a time machine or as a tool to shuffle and rearrange music from
yesterday. We live in the digital future but we're mesmerized by
our analogue past.