Punk rock politics, pop culture retromania and more new release picks for July 19, 2011
With the dearth of new releases this week, it seems like the media industries think we should all get out of the house a little in the summer, or they don't like releasing anything new. What they don't know is that it's too damn hot outside, and nobody with any sense really wants to go out there. We've combed the incoming new-release boxes to come up with a few things worthy of your dollars this week, though, including two books about music, one about the meaning of the universe, a comic that tells eighteen stories simultaneously, a game with a constant, emergent narrator and plenty more. Summer or not, we're not leaving the damn house.
White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race, by Stephen Duncombe
Stephen Duncombe's White Riot is one of the first essential collections of punk rock's long and storied past with race relations. With contributors like Greil Marcus, Dick Hebdige and Paul Simenon, it might end up being one of the most comprehensive anthologies of criticism and essays on the subject. The story of punk and race might never be over, but White Riot provides an excellent starting point for scholars and fans alike. From the Sex Pistols to Bad Brains, the subject can't be explored enough, but at least we've got a good place to start now.
The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World, by David Deutsch
The Fabric of Reality, David Deutsh's first book, broke down the four strands of knowledge and understanding into a comprehensive and relatively easy look at how we view reality. In The Beginning of Infinity, he argues that the explanations of the universe are enough to control our understanding of the universe. Confused? We are, too, but Deutsch manages to use his skills as a quantum computation master to explain these things to idiots like us.