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FRENCH TRIP FOR THE PUBLICATION OF BRING THE NOISE IN FRANCE

2013-03-17T20:24:47.401-07:00

In the last week of March I’ll be in Paris for the publication of Bring the Noise by Au Diable Vauvert, and will be appearing at the Paris Book Fair and doing events at two bookstores.Then the week after that I'll be appearing at the Faber Social in London (April 2), participating in a night of talk and entertainment themed around Vinyl. I’ll be reading from the new updated/expanded edition of Energy Flashthat Faber is publishing in June. PARIS / BRING THE NOISE: 25 ANS DE ROCK ET DE HIP HOP VERSION AUGMENTEESaturday  March 2316h-18h  - Paris Book Fair (Salon du Livre) - Paris Expo. Porte de Versailles Au Diable Vauvert stand (S65)BooksigningSunday March 2414h-16h - Paris book fair - Au Diable Vauvert stand (S65)BooksigningWednesday March 2719h-21h - Le Thé des écrivains  store16 rue des minimes 75003 ParisLive discussion between me, the bookseller and a journalist (details TK)+ book signing Thursday  March 28 13h-14hPublicisDrugstore - Les Champs-Elysées - 75008 ParisBooksigning                                                     [...]



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2011-03-13T21:22:27.809-07:00

a feature package at literary webzine The Nervous Breakdown on me and Bring the Noise, which is out imminently in the US on Soft Skull... elements include excerpts from BtN on the voice in pop music and on crunk, plus an auto-interview about changes in pop criticism during the 25 years since I started doing it and getting paid

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2011-01-01T21:47:52.536-08:00

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Bring the Noise--the US version, expanded and updated with some extra pieces--is out January 2011 on Soft Skull



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2011-11-17T10:05:25.415-08:00

the hype on Bring the Noise by Simon Reynolds #4 Music Book of 2007--Uncut“His abilities as a forensic listener are acute and his comprehensive knowledge of the period enables brilliant expositions of the influences that link apparently separate styles…. In this schema it is always hybridity and impurity that power the creation and renewal of the avant-garde. Reynolds’s tireless support for that egalitarian and progressive agenda marks him out as the foremost popular music critic of this era”-- Jon Garvie, The Times Literary Supplement“It has been claimed to the point of tedium that writing about music is akin to ‘dancing about architecture’. Well, whatever’s wrong with dancing? But the best critics reach for something deeper, a framework and a context that stimulates fresh ways of thinking about that music, of ‘seeing’ that architecture anew. This questing, restlessly thoughtful approach is favoured by Simon Reynolds… Discovering the community and the sound he was searching for in the late-Eighties rave explosion, Reynolds’ subsequent writing on rock, rap and soul searches for communities and scenes of equal vividness, with a hungry vigour that rewards the reader… The sheer glee of his pursuit of new sound carries the reader through insightful scene reports on grime, dancehall and crunk with an infectious energy and inquisitiveness… You may not agree with all Reynolds has to say, but it’s very clear that this isn’t the point. These pieces are arguments to be concluded by the reader, they are stimulation for fresh thought. The result is one of the more gratifyingly thought-provoking pop tomes of recent years. Long may Reynolds so intriguingly dance”-- Stevie Chick, Mojo.“There has been no more authoritative music critic in Britain over the past 30 years than Simon Reynolds… His analysis of black music is second to none.”-- Danny McElhinney, Irish Mail on Sunday“Reynolds is a formidable critic; more to the point, he seems to have little desire to tell you about himself or subsume music to the demands of a more or less formulaic narrative. If you love music as much as all these writers claim to, Bring the Noise should be your first stop”--Andy Miller, Daily Telegraph"Collections of music journalism are not the most promising genre of book, but Reynolds is one of the very few music writers who can craft prose that evokes sound. This is a hugely eclectic volume, ranging from the indie and hip-hop of the late 1980s to the Arctic Monkeys, with authoritative notes on Britpop, ragga, post-rock and R&B, and interviews with the likes of the Pixies, Radiohead and Public Enemy. Reynolds is funny and unapologetically analytical, as well as offering disarming afterwords to some articles admitting that he said something stupid, or accidentally injured a hero ("I once scorched Jarvis's flesh"). One refreshing development you can trace is that Reynolds becomes less snobbish over the years, increasingly curious and open-eared. In 2000, for example, he delivers a lovely half-wry defence of "cheesy" Euro dance music, which brings together an honest joy in big tunes for their own sake and an intriguing theory about young Italians feeling oppressed by their tastefully "historic" environment and so turning to all things artificial: "In the land of terracotta, plastic has a liberating future-buzz about it." Or, as Aqua would say: "Life in plastic, it's fantastic."--- Steven Poole, The Guardian“He is the master of the drop-dead soundbite.. Reynolds remains in the business of what Paul Morley believes has been lost from music writing: he provides a narrative… We should give thanks”-- Andrew Collins, Word “Even when he’s writing about music that frankly sounds as appealing to me as amputation, I am gripped by not only what he has to say, but the way he says it. Bring the Noise is genuinely beautifully written… Brilliant.”--Allan Jones, Uncut“This book is required reading for an[...]



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2008-12-31T08:18:08.620-08:00

information about Bring the Noise: 20 Years Writing About Hip Rock and Hip Hop (London: Faber and Faber, 2007)Bring the Noise weaves together interviews, reviews, essays, and features to create a critical history of the last twenty years of pop culture, juxtaposing the voices of many of rock and rap’s most provocative artists--Morrissey, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, the Stone Roses, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, the Streets--with Reynolds’ own passionate analysis. With all the energy and insight you would expect from the author of Rip It Up And Start Again, Bring the Noise tracks the alternately fraught and fertile relationship between white bohemia and black street music. The selections transmit the immediacy of their moment while offering a running commentary on the larger enduring questions of race and resistance, multiculturalism and division. From grunge to grime, from Madchester to the Dirty South, Bring the Noise chronicles hip hop and alternative rock’s competing claims to be the cutting-edge of innovation and the voice of opposition to the conservative mainstream. Alert to both the vivid detail and the big picture, Simon Reynolds has shaped a compelling narrative that cuts across a thrillingly turbulent two-decade period of popular music. Italian translation due for publication by ISBN Edizione in 2008 with expanded/updated materialGerman translation due for publication by Hannibal Verlag in 2008CONTENTSIntroductionWHAT’S MISSING? The State of Pop (1985)THE REDSKINS, live (1985)ZAPP, live (1986)YOUNGER THAN YESTERDAY: Indiepop’s Cult of Innocence (1986)NASTY BOYS: RAP (1986)BEAT HAPPENING, Beat Happening (1986)BACKS TO THE FUTURE: the Folk and Country Resurgence in Alternative Rock (1986)HIP HOP AND HOUSE SINGLES REVIEWS (1987)HUSKER DU, Warehouse: Songs and Stories (1987)MANTRONIX, interview (1987)THE SMITHS: An Elegy (1987)PUBLIC ENEMY, interview (1987)LL COOL J, interview (1987)DINOSAUR JR, interview (1987)THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, live (1988)MORRISSEY, interview (1988)THE PIXIES, interview (1988)LIVING COLOUR, interview (1988)VARIOUS ARTISTS, Sub Pop 200 (1989)THE STONE ROSES, interview (1989)THE CARING COLONIALISTS: A Critique of “World Music” (1989)POSITIVITY: De La Soul, Soul II Soul, Deelite and New Age house (1990)RAP’S REFORMATION: Gangsta Rap versus Conscious Rap (1990)MADCHESTER VERSUS DREAMPOP: Happy Mondays and Ride (1990)MANIC STREET PREACHERS, interview (1991)PAVEMENT, live (1991)NIRVANA, live (1991)NJOI / K-KLASS / BASSHEADS / M-PEOPLE, live (1991)RRRRRRUSH! : Hardcore Rave and London Pirate Radio (1992) WASTED YOUTH: Grunge and the Return of “Heavy” (1992)WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE? (1993)LET THE BOYS BE BOYS: Onyx interview / Gangsta Rap as Oi! (1993)STATE OF INTERDEPENDENCE: Britain, America, and the “special relationship” in pop music (1993)MTV: the Revolution will not be televised (1993)PJ HARVEY, interview (1993)IT’S A DOGG’S LIFE: Dr Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg (1993)AGAINST THE GRAIN: Thinking about the Voice in Pop (1993)PEARL JAM "VS" NIRVANA (1993)THE BEASTIE BOYS, interview (1994)POST-ROCK (1994)SWINGBEAT AND THE NEW R&B (1994)RAGGA (1994)THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION, live (1995)BLUR VERSUS OASIS (1995)PULP, Different Class (1995)R&B: The Sound of 1997 (1997)RONI SIZE/REPRAZENT, New Forms (1997)FEMININE PRESSURE: 2-Step and UK Garage (1999)KING AND QUEEN OF THE BEATS: Timbaland and Missy Elliott (1999)HATE ME NOW: Puff Daddy and the Player Hater Syndrome (1999)FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY: Lil Wayne, Cash Money and New Orleans rap (1999)STREET RAP (1999)WE ARE FAMILY: the Rise of the Rap Clans and the Hip Hop Dynasty (1999)ROOTS ’N’ FUTURE: the disappearing voice of reggae (2000)EURO: trance music and the people-pleasing power of “cheese” (2000)MILES DAVIS, Live-Evil/Black Beauty/In Concert/Dark Magus (1997)PURE FUSION: multiculture versus monoculture (2000)RADIOHEAD VERSUS BRITROCK / THOM YORKE, interview (2000/2001)2STEP AND R&B[...]