Why is music today so obsessed with recycling its own past? And what will the consequences of the music industry’s nostalgic retro-mania be? What will happen to ideas like ‘creativity’ and ‘originality’? Simon Reynolds tackles these questions and more in this wide-ranging exploration of pop music’s seemingly endless capacity to harp back to the good old days.

Faber and Faber/paperback/£10.99/9780571232093

Dan Eltringham