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Simon Reynolds is the author of 'Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-First Century' and 'Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984.'
Mask Up

Mask Up

Simon Reynolds on pop and rock history’s obsession with disguise.

Super Deluxe ‘Sandinista!’

Super Deluxe ‘Sandinista!’

Forty years on, the Clash’s triple-LP is sweeping, experimental, inane, heartrending — and weirdly prescient to our streaming age.

U2: Boyhood

U2: Boyhood

Before the stadium tours, MTV and Eno, the world’s biggest band found themselves and their widescreen sound in the heady post-punk era.

Essays  / Rock
Between ‘Fun House’ & ‘Funtime’: Iggy Pop in the Seventies

Between ‘Fun House’ & ‘Funtime’: Iggy Pop in the Seventies

Brilliantly out of step, the rock provocateur architected revolutionary sounds with the Stooges and Bowie.

TIDAL Primer: Throbbing Gristle’s Industrial Legacy

TIDAL Primer: Throbbing Gristle’s Industrial Legacy

A dive into the unforgiving anti-music that Genesis P-Orridge helped to define.

‘And There’s Nothing I Can Do’: Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity,’ a Half-Century Later

‘And There’s Nothing I Can Do’: Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity,’ a Half-Century Later

Both enamored and wary of stardom, David Bowie featured his first pop landmark on his second LP.

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