Simon Reynolds

Retromania

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    Mikhail Ratgauzhas quoted2 years ago
    What reactionary and radical nostalgias share is dissatisfaction with the present, which generally means the world created by the Industrial Revolution, urbanisation and capitalism.
    Mikhail Ratgauzhas quoted2 years ago
    The Situationists thought that automation would free humankind of the need to work, enabling it to recover the ‘totality’.
    Mikhail Ratgauzhas quoted2 years ago
    ise regained’ scenarios.1 The Situationists, theorists of 1968’s Paris riots, wrote of ‘the lost totality’: an Edenic state of social unity and individual non-alienation, which they believed existed before the era of industrial capitalism and the fragmented consciousness caused by class division, specialisation in the workplace and labour sold by the hou
    Mikhail Ratgauzhas quoted2 years ago
    Economic transformations, technological innovations and sociocultural shifts all meant that for the first time there were increasingly stark differences between the world that you grew up in and the world in which you grew old. From landscapes dramatically altered through development (‘It were all fields round here when I were a lad’) to new technologies affecting the feel and rhythm of everyday life, the world in which you had felt at home gradually disappeared. The present became a foreign country.
    Mikhail Ratgauzhas quoted2 years ago
    (and on) about. Looking back, I can see that I’ve often been mustering all my resources of belief and optimism in an unconscious drive to cast aside that feeling of belatedness common to my generation: the negative birthright of all those who missed, as a conscious participant, the sixties or punk.
    Mikhail Ratgauzhas quoted2 years ago
    We’ve become victims of our ever-increasing capacity to store, organise, instantly access, and share vast amounts of cultural data.
    Mikhail Ratgauzhas quoted2 years ago
    But where retro truly reigns as the dominant sensibility and creative paradigm is in hipsterland, pop’s equivalent to highbrow. The very people who you would once have expected to produce (as artists) or champion (as consumers) the non-traditional and the groundbreaking – that’s the group who are most addicted to the past. In demographic terms, it’s the exact same cutting-edge class, but instead of being pioneers and innovators, they’ve switched roles to become curators and archivists. The avant-garde is now an arrière-garde.
    Mikhail Ratgauzhas quoted2 years ago
    The word ‘retro’ has a quite specific meaning: it refers to a self-conscious fetish for period stylisation (in music, clothes, design) expressed creatively through pastiche and citation.
    Mikhail Ratgauzhas quoted2 years ago
    As for revivals, the music scene mostly abided by the Twenty-Year Rule of Revivalism
    Mikhail Ratgauzhas quoted2 years ago
    . The rising tide of the historical past is lapping at our ankles
    Mikhail Ratgauzhas quoted2 years ago
    Instead of being about itself, the 2000s has been about every other previous decade happening again all at once: a simultaneity of pop time that abolishes history while nibbling away at the present’s own sense of itself as an era with a distinct identity and feel.
    Mikhail Ratgauzhas quoted2 years ago
    o popular music in its entirety. The sensation of moving forward grew fainter as the decade unfurled. Time itself seemed to become sluggish, like a river that starts to meander and form oxbow lakes.
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