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Song Noir

I really became a character in my own story. I’d go out at night, get drunk, fall asleep underneath a car. Come home with leaves in my hair, grease on the side of my face, stumble into the kitchen, bang my head on the piano and somehow chronicle my own demise and the parade of […]

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Semi-Detached

‘The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached’ by Mark Doyle (expected 2018). Of all the great British rock bands of the 1960s, none had a stronger sense of place than the Kinks. The core members of the group grew up in what George Orwell once described as the “inner-outer suburbs” of North London, a safe, unexciting land […]

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The Passenger

‘Iggy Pop: The Passenger’  by Stephen Barber (expected 2017-18) will take an original approach to the fifty-year anti-career in music and noise of Iggy Pop – with its dominant preoccupations of ecstasy and nihilism, self-laceration and audience-confrontation, hedonism and death – and the ways in which it has inspired innumerable musicians, artists, writers, filmmakers and […]

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Beijing Noise

Beijing Noise: Indie Rock in China, Andrew David Field (forthcoming, 2016-17) China’s indie rock scene has been building up momentum since the 1990s, but in the mid-2000s it exploded with a new vitality. Since then, bands such as SUBS (pictured above by the author, performing in their hometown of Wuhan, in July 2007), Carsick Cars, PK-14, […]

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Gypsy Music

The Roma have been regarded highly as musicians for centuries, but ‘gypsy’ music has changed over time. Indeed, as Alan Ashton-Smith, sets out to show in Gypsy Music: The Balkans and Beyond, defining what ‘gypsy’ music actually is poses many problems due to its multiple forms and connotations in the popular imagination. ‘Gypsy’ music is […]

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Tango wins!

  We are delighted to be able to say that one of our Reverb titles, Mike Gonzalez and Marianella Yanes’s Tango: Sex and the Rhythm of the City, was chosen as an ‘Outstanding Academic Title of 2013.’ Every year, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries on behalf of the American Library Association, publishes a selective list of Outstanding Academic […]

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Icelandic Pop

Icelandic Pop by Arnar Eggert Thoroddsen – a new title in the Reverb Series for 2015/16 – will examine the evolution and characteristics of Icelandic popular music in the last half century or so. From the dance-hall bands that emerged through the influence of the country’s US Army base in the 1950s, to Iceland’s own […]

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David Bowie in Berlin

  A Foreign Affair: David Bowie in Berlin TOBIAS RÜTHER Crises are good for art – political as well as private. Those who balance on the edge of the abyss need to keep their wits about them, looking not only down but ahead. In the late summer of 1976, the mentally and physically exhausted David […]

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Tango (Dance Today)

An extract from a review of Mike Gonzalez and Marianella Yanes’s Tango: Sex and the Rhythm of the City by Nicola Rayner from Dance Today (September 2013): “Much as it is a good idea to include the word ‘sex’ in a book title, in truth Tango’s focus is more on the music, tracing the dance’s history […]

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Nick Drake (The Wire)

From the February 2014 issue of The Wire, Mike Barnes writes: “Contemporary music history stretches back far enough now for received wisdom to assume too great an importance. Information is much more easily accessed than before, but then irresponsibly sourced quotes on Wikipedia and other websites can, through repetition, become adopted as the truth. In […]