Books and Music at the Heart of Independent Publishing

Shock and Awe by Simon Reynolds

July 18, 2016 | by Faber Social

Tags: David Bowie, glam rock, simon reynolds

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 acclaimed and revered writers of his generation.

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. Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Alice Cooper, The Sweet, Gary Glitter, New York Dolls, Sparks, Slade, Suzi Quatro, Cockney Rebel, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Mott The Hoople — 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.

Praise for Simon Reynolds:

‘Looking back, you’d be hard-pressed to name a music journalist more adept at tracking and defining the zeitgeist.’ – Guardian

‘The foremost popular music critic of this era’ – The Times Literary Supplement

‘For a long time, Simon Reynolds has been pretty much the most intelligent and thoughtful commentator on pop music around.’ – Evening Standard

Shock and Awe resize



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…