'This is a book about music from the second century BC to 2003, from before then to after now, from the Italian Futurists to 'File Under Futurism', from the human voice to the processed vocoder, from 78 RPM to MP3, from the heat of early twentieth-century modernism to the chill-out of early twenty-first century lifestyling.' Our guide on this obsessive journey is none other than Kylie herself, as she drives through an industrial landscape in the video for 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head', morphing through time and space, meeting strangers with interesting stories to tell, and personifying the pleasures of pop. For after Tangerine Dream and Pete Waterman, Kraftwerk and Philip Glass, Alvin Lucier and Jarvis Cocker comes the cynical commercial glitter of 'Kylie', who shimmers in the spaces between innocence and sensuality, between the natural and the artificial. But the future of pop remains firmly in our hands, as Morley reminds us that without the listener, there can be no music.
Paul Morley wrote for the NME from 1977 to 1983 when it was at its most successful and notorious. He wrote for the first few issues of The Face and was a regular contributor to Blitz. He formed ZTT and was instrumental behind the success of Frankie Goes to Hollywood. He also formed The Art of Noise . He has writen for many publications. He was one of the first presenters of The Late Show. He now writes for Arena and Esquire and contributes to numerous TV and radio programmes, including the successful Top Ten series on Channel 4. His last book, Nothing, was published to great acclaim by Faber in 2000.