Rip It Up and Start Again

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Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978–1984
Rip It Up and Start Again- Postpunk 1978–1984 cover.jpg
Author Simon Reynolds
Country England
Language English
Subject Post-punk music
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Faber & Faber
Publication date
April 2005
Media type Print, e-book
Pages 607 (xxx, 577)
ISBN 0571252273

Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978–1984 is a book by Simon Reynolds on the post-punk musical genre and era. It was first released in the UK in April 2005 by Faber & Faber.[1] The US edition was published by Penguin Books and released in February 2006[2] It is considerably shorter, with many chapters removed or shortened. Reynolds notes this was for space reasons.[3]

The book is widely referenced as a kind of "post-punk doctrine", although Reynolds stated that the book's focus was consciously biased toward the music that personally appealed to him.[4]


Writing for The Guardian, Nicholas Lezard described the book as "startlingly thoughtful, gracefully illuminating, in command of an anarchic subject," writing that "Reynolds has reilluminated the period for us, shown us how fascinating and rewarding it was."[5] The Observer described the book as "a compelling reminder of a time when clever, mischievous, creative people formed bands".[6] The New York Times called it "exhaustive and exhausting in equal measure."[7]

In 2006, it was also subject to criticism by writer Clinton Heylin in a book on a similar subject: "Here [is] post-punk - at least before Simon Reynolds decided it was All The Music That I Liked When I Was Young, a somewhat broad not to say solipsistic, view of pop".[8] Alex Ogg of The Quietus noted that Reynolds was frank in his musical choices: "Reynolds was honest enough in announcing his solipsism, in so far as Rip It Up addresses those elements of post-punk that appeal to him".[4]



  1. ^ "". Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
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  4. ^ a b Ogg, Alex (1 October 2009). "Beyond Rip It Up: Towards A New Definition Of Post Punk?". The Quietus. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Lezard, Nicholas. "Fans for the memory". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Empire, Kitty (17 April 2005). "Review: Rip It Up and Start Again". Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Windolf, Jim (5 March 2006). "Postpunk'd". The New York Times. Retrieved February 15, 2013. ,
  8. ^ Heylin, Clinton (2006). Babylon's Burning: From Punk to Grunge. Penguin. p. 460. ISBN 0-14-102431-3. 

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