Simon Reynolds is the author of eight books about music and popular culture, including Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-84, Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture, Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past, and most recently a study of glam rock and art pop, Shock and Awe. While studying History at Brasenose College, Oxford, Reynolds co-founded the pop journal Monitor. In 1986, he became a staff writer for the British weekly music paper Melody Maker. Over the ensuing decades, he has contributed to a wide range of publications including Pitchfork, The New York Times, New Statesman, The Guardian, Artforum, The Wire and The Face. Born in London, a resident of New York for much of the 1990s and 2000s, Reynolds now lives in South Pasadena, CA.