Closely connected to the decline of punk, springing up independently in America and the UK, and with acts ranging from power pop revivalists to deadpan synthesizer ensembles, new wave is a notoriously tricky genre to define. Cateforis (music history & cultures, Syracuse Univ.) first sets out to trace the origins, evolution, and ultimate incorporation of the movement into the dominant musical paradigm of the late 1980s. He then explores several new wave themes, such as the deliberate "nervousness" of vocal and stage performances and the shifting role of the keyboardist in the synthesizer era. These explorations each focus on a small number of artists or groups. That narrow scope makes the work's thesis, that new wave was a fundamentally modern (as opposed to postmodern) movement, difficult to trace. Taken as a collection of "essays on" rather than a "history of," this book raises many notable points. VERDICT A -valuable addition to the scholarship of an often-neglected era. This will be of great interest to music or cultural historians as well as fans of Devo, Talking Heads, the B-52's, and Gary Numan.-Neil Derksen, Gwinnett Cty. P.L., Lawrenceville, GA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.