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Vital Signs: Music, Movies and Other Manias Paperback

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In 1977, The Clash and The Sex Pistols released their d but albums, Vladimir Nabokov died and Ian Penman had his first review published in the NME. Britain's leading weekly music paper was just about to embark upon its most glamorous era, with Penman its star writer. Penman would write about great music, and terrible frauds, of brilliant, obscure pop bands, and famous soap opera actresses long before it was the done thing. Perming Barthes with dub, booze and Walter Benjamin, Penman achieved something few music writers can even dream of, he changed the way the subject was written about. Twenty years on, the Penman signature has bloomed everywhere from The Face to The Times , obscure academic film journals to German Vogue, Tatler to Arena, consolidating his position as someone who could write about all things cultural with a rare originality, wit and insight, whilst collecting disciples and detractors along the way like some religious cult. From Amis to Zappa, Tricky to De Niro, Fassbinder to Michael Jackson, cartoons & curry, S&M, heavy metal, or test driving crack for Harpers & Queen this brilliant collection brings together for the very first time Ian Penman's journalism. In doing so it offers a one man overview of the last two decades in culture and politics.
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