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Shock and Awe

Simon Reynolds

A Guardian, Sunday Times, Mojo, Daily Telegraph and Observer Book of the Year. Longlisted for the Penderyn Music Book Prize 2017.

As the sixties dream faded, a new flamboyant movement electrified the world: GLAM! In Shock and Awe, Simon Reynolds explores this most decadent of genres on both sides of the Atlantic. Bolan, Bowie, Suzi Quatro, Alice Cooper, New York Dolls, Slade, Roxy Music, Iggy, Lou Reed, Be Bop Deluxe, David Essex — all are represented here. Reynolds charts the retro future sounds, outrageous styles and gender-fluid sexual politics that came to define the first half of the seventies and brings it right up to date with a final chapter on glam in hip hop, Lady Gaga, and the aftershocks of David Bowie’s death.

Shock and Awe is a defining work and another classic in the Faber Social rock n roll canon to stand alongside Rip it Up, Electric Eden and Yeah Yeah Yeah.

RRP: £11.99

Published: 07/06/2017

ISBN: 9780571301720

Length: 704 pages

Format: Paperback

About Simon Reynolds

Simon Reynolds is the author 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.


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Shock and Awe by Simon Reynolds

July 18, 2016

We have huge news.  On October 6th we publish Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy by Simon Reynolds. This is first complete history of Glam Rock by one of the most…