Are We Not New Wave? is destined to become the definitive study of new wave music. Mark Spicer, coeditor of Sounding Out Pop New wave emerged at the turn of the 1980s as a pop music movement cast in the image of punk rock s sneering demear, yet rendered more accessible and sophisticated. Artists such as the Cars, Devo, the Talking Heads, and the Human League leapt into the Top 40 with a vel sound that broke with the staid rock cliches of the 1970s and pointed the way to a more modern pop style. In Are We Not New Wave? Theo Cateforis provides the first musical and cultural history of the new wave movement, charting its rise out of mid-1970s punk to its ubiquitous early 1980s MTV presence and downfall in the mid-1980s. The book also explores the meanings behind the music s distinctive traits its characteristic whiteness and nervousness; its playful irony, electronic melodies, and crossover experimentations. Cateforis traces new wave s modern sensibilities back to the space-age consumer culture of the late 1950s/early 1960s. Three decades after its rise and fall, new wave s influence looms large over the contemporary pop scene, recycled and celebrated t only in reunion tours, VH1 stalgia specials, and 80s night dance clubs but in the music of artists as diverse as Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and the Killers.
Theo Cateforis is Assistant Professor of Music History and Culture in theDepartment of Art and Music Historiesat Syracuse University. His research is in the areas of American Music, Popular Music Studies, and Twentieth-Century Art Music.He is editor of the anthology The Rock History Reader.