Invaluable Human Dimension

Simon Reynolds has rounded DJs, journalists and label bosses to share their tales and tribulations in Totally Wired

Totally Wired: Post-Punk Interviews and Overviews” features 32 interviews with the era’s most innovative musicians and colourful personalities. From Ari Up, Jah Wobble, David Byrne, Green Gartside, Edwyn Collins, it also includes conversations with the most influential of label bosses, managers, record producers, deejays and journalists – such as John Peel and Paul Morley.

Crackling with argument and anecdote, these conversations bring a rich human dimension to the post-punk story and its exceptional characters, from their earliest days to their glorious and sometimes disastrous musical adventures. Along with interviews, we get ‘overviews’: further reflections by Simon Reynolds on post-punk’s key icons and crucial scenes, including John Lydon and Public Image Ltd, Ian Curtis and Joy Division, and the lineage of glam grotesquerie running from Siouxsie & The Banshees to the New Romantics to Leigh Bowery.

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About Simon Reynolds
Simon Reynolds is the author of of Energy Flash: A Journey through Rave Music and Dance Culture, Blissed Out: The Raptures of Rock, The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellions and Rock and Roll (co-written with Joy Press), Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 and, most recently, Bring the Noise: Twenty Years of Hip Hop and Hip Rock.