Author: Simon Frith

  • Punk ’77: The Politics of Punk

    Beyond the Dole Queue A couple of months ago I went to a festival in London organized by Music for Socialism. Music for Socialism is a group of musicians and writers who came together “to explore the connections between socialist politics and their personal involvement with music,” and the point of the festival was to […]

  • Brought On

    As I’ve often reflected over seven years of chairing the panel of mixed professionals that awards the U.K.’s Mercury Music Prize, arts prizes involve odd kinds of judgment and make only an oblique contribution to canon formation. Two records on this year’s shortlist, Pulp’s This Is Hardcore and Massive Attack’s Mezzanine, are far more likely […]

  • Fix It in the Mix

    Simon Reynolds’s new book on dance culture comes in two versions. The American, Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture, is simpler and more linear. The British, Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Club Culture, loops around in a druggier way and is accompanied by an illustrative CD. With the […]