V/A feat. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Simon Reynolds: Bring The Noise (PRESS, UK)

3 May 2007 Faber and Faber 0571232078
Collection of writing by Simon Reynolds includes live review of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion from 1995.

“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. ”