Simon Reynolds is an author, music journalist and critic.
The London-born writer began his career as a critic at weekly music magazine Melody Maker, where he became a staff writer during the late 1980s. He later lived in New York for much of the 1990s and 2000s, and has since freelanced for publications including The New York Times, Village Voice, The Guardian, Pitchfork and The Wire.
Reynolds is the author of eight books about pop culture, including Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and its Legacy (2016), Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past (2011), Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-84 (2005), and Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture (1998). He currently lives in Los Angeles, and operates a number of platforms centered around the hub Blissblog.
The topic of progress in music—what it means, where it’s going, why we expect it to happen—is a key theme at Loop this year. Reynolds will share his thoughts on where the state of musical futures is today. (Photo by Adriana Bianchedi)