Nostalgia gets a bad rap, but it can be creative, even subversive. The fact is, certain periods in the life of an individual or a culture are more intense, exciting…simply ‘better’ than others; the impulse to go back there may be ultimately counterproductive, but it’s perfectly understandable. Nostalgia-driven movements can function as ways of getting through doldrum eras, keeping faith until the next ‘up’ phase…The past can be used to critique what’s absent in the present. — Simon Reynolds, fromĀ Retromania, p.239
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