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The Talking Heads, The Boomtown Rats, Blondie, Elvis Costello: this fun new addition to the successful Encyclopedia series celebrates the hugely influential New Wave musical movement of the late 1970s and 80s. Originating as a less-aggressive sister movement to punk, New Wave encompassed a wide range of styles, from Brit pub-rock to electronica, synth-pop, and even ska. ThThe Talking Heads, The Boomtown Rats, Blondie, Elvis Costello: this fun new addition to the successful Encyclopedia series celebrates the hugely influential New Wave musical movement of the late 1970s and 80s. Originating as a less-aggressive sister movement to punk, New Wave encompassed a wide range of styles, from Brit pub-rock to electronica, synth-pop, and even ska. The Encyclopedia of New Wave comprehensively captures this eclectic music, all of which enthralled the newly emergent MTV generation. With its tendency toward romantic minimalism, dark dance beats, and gender-bending antics, New Wave changed the course of popular musical history, as well as fashion and art.  ...

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ISBN : 9781402784729
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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The Encyclopedia of New Wave Reviews

  • Erin
    2018-11-12 22:11

    Total indulgence, this book. I mean that in the best way possible.

  • Dane
    2018-11-12 18:32

    I enjoyed this immensely! The only downsides: he left out JoBoxers, Re-Flex, and Real Life, and the "New Wave movies" are just '80s teen movies. I was expecting something more like Susan Seidelman's '80s movies. Those are nitpicks, though; this book was so much fun, and helped me iron out a lot of things I'd been confused by or conflated over the years through faulty memory. Furthermore, I went into this thinking I knew it all, but it was only 75% a trip down memory lane. There were plenty of bands for me to discover, and I found that if you read it while pulling up each band's music on YouTube to listen to while you read, the effect is even more fun.Great fun, great music.

  • Dave Rosenberg
    2018-11-03 22:10

    First, allow me to admit bias: I know the author, and I'm very proud that he got this book published and hope its enormously successful.That being said, I love this book. For anyone who grew up a fan of this music, this book is indispensable. Written in irreverent style that doesn't take its subjects to terribly seriously, it never fails to provide context and great detail on the bands and their careers.I pick up this book and turn to a page, then spend the rest of the day listening to Elvis Costello, The Specials, or Berlin. Great book.

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-11 17:19

    Loved this book, but I was disappointed by some of the exclusions. Would have really liked to see Electronic, Crowded House, The Bangles and Morrissey included! I didn't agree with the lists at the end (New Order not included in the synthesizer list?) But otherwise, it was a fun and informative book on my favorite genre. I'm glad I found this book!

  • Lake Villa District Library
    2018-11-07 22:34

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  • Dr. Detroit
    2018-11-05 20:26

    Back in the day (God, I’ve always wanted to use that in a review…), the words “new” and “wave” were usually followed quickly by the word “shit” in my circle of friends, most of whom were reared on the grand notion of the Epic Twiddly Guitar Solo, Motown, dumbed-down, lowest-common-denominator blues rock, and mini prog epics based on Tolkien, the legend of King Arthur, or Mussorgsky. I can’t say I wasn’t along for the ride for much of it but the combined spectacle of brave new world togs, synthesizer abuse, wacka-wacka guitar strumming, and often staggering pure pop with plenty of power were attractive qualities to a kid weaned on the Stooges, MC5, New York Dolls, Mott the Hoople, and Slade. You know, charged music designed to get youngsters in the mood to fornicate and smoke hemp, pair up with unsuitable mates, deal with unwanted pregnancies, and generally act as if they were raised by wolves.If you were THAT kid in your neighbor who waited outside of your local drugstore (remember them?) every month for the latest copy of Creem to hit the racks then the photo captions in Daniel Bukszpan’s “Encyclopedia of New Wave” may be worth the price of admission alone. That and the writing, which is snarky, funny, and a blinding piranha frenzy of irreverence, just as it should be. The layout and photos are nothing short of amazing, busy and chock-a-block full of more regrettable fashion faux pas and hair spikes so bleached they would take your eye out, burn through your cornea and disintegrate your black heart than you can shake a keytar at. As with any volume that attempts to document a genre of music whose very boundaries are still blurred 30 years on, you may have to suspend some of your beliefs as to what “new wave” actually is/was, so I come not to bury Bukszpan but to pick a few nits as much for what made the cut (Kraftwerk, Robert Palmer, Madonna, Bryan Ferry and Peter Gabriel????!!!!????) as for what didn’t. No Fabulous Poodles? That shit just ain’t right.Minor quibbles aside, a “we’re not worthy” genuflection goes out to Bukszpan for a job well done. No that anyone gives a rat's ass, but my alternative list of ten best new wave tunes ever (in no particular order):1) “What I Like About You” – The Romantics2) “Understanding Jane” – Icicle Works3) “I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock and Roll)” – Nick Lowe4) “Take the Cash (K.A.S.H.)” – Wreckless Eric5) “She’s So Modern” – Boomtown Rats6) “Work Shy” – The Fabulous Poodles7) “Working Girl” – The Members8) “Wrong Side of the Moon” – Squeeze9) “Who Listens to the Radio?” – The Sports10) “Juju Man” – Dave Edmunds

  • Kim B.
    2018-11-07 19:23

    I've never been the type to find 80s music all that interesting but this is a neat book to flip through to get a decent bit of info about the most fun and, often, most weird stuff of that era. I'll be honest and say I mostly only checked it out for a bit on Cocteau Twins, but I really enjoyed the rest; it got me to listen to some bands I otherwise might not have (Bauhaus, for one).I still have no idea exactly what "new wave" is supposed to be, but I don't think it's one of those "concrete" musical terms where you can point to an example of it because so many bands are considered new wave, so I'm not going to fault the book for that. Apparently there are some factual errors, so keep that in mind and double-check everything you find in here if you plan on using it for research material; overall, though, it's really entertaining, which is pretty much all I asked for.

  • Kristin
    2018-11-01 22:27

    Those nostalgic for the '80s will like this book. It's just what it says it is: an encyclopedia of groups with a few fashion commentaries thrown in. Pleasant but not enthralling. A good flip-through book for a coffee table. Kids will like seeing where their current fashion trends came from, while adults will quibble endlessly about placement and exclusion of what is new wave.

  • Bonnie Dean
    2018-11-06 20:12

    This book took me back to the music of my youth. Very detailed descriptions of all your new-wave favourites, including a discographies and what looks like their most embarrassing photos. (I don't think anybody looked good in the eighties.) A must-have if you love the genre as much as I do.

  • Chris
    2018-10-22 20:17

    So fun. All the bands that I grew up listening to, and many that I'd forgotten. The element of sarcasm made it a lot of fun as well.

  • Clare
    2018-10-18 18:21

    A coffee table book about new wave whose snark gives it a bit more personality. If you like new wave, worth a shot; if you don’t, I doubt it’ll appeal to you.

  • Tim
    2018-11-18 16:06

    Less encyclopedic and more synoptic; plus very American. Seems a bit too outside looking in. Over-stylized editing. Good though.

  • Harold
    2018-11-13 22:15

    Great photographs, decent info, less snark would have made for a better book

  • Blane
    2018-11-09 22:15

    Lots of pretty full-color pictures & plenty of snarky comments on the bands/artists. Overall, a fun book, but just a tad too many irrelevant one-hit wonders (Taco? Really?) for my taste.

  • Christa Van
    2018-11-12 16:13

    If this was your era, you owe it to yourself to check out this book if only to see the pictures. Very fun.

  • Cassie
    2018-11-09 15:25

    Pretty thorough collection of new wave bands, featuring some of my favorite things - lists, occasional snarkiness, and, best of all, nice words about Duran Duran and the Go-Go's.