Retromania

August 17th, 2011

How many times have you heard an old song that brought you back to a particular place and time. The music acted as a kind of transport device that allowed you to short circuit time and make yesterday's events today's reality. But what happens next, what's the impact on the music and pop culture in general? If the past is what make us comfortable, in music, art and fashion, where will we find the creativity to move us forward? What will inspire the creative destruction for our future art and popular culture, if we only hang out in the retro? Music critic Simon Reynolds asks these questions and looks at the state of popular music in Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past. My conversation with Simon Reynolds: