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Pop View: The Perils of Loving Old Records Too Much

Simon Reynolds, The New York Times, 5 December 1993

TODAY'S ALTERNATIVE rock suffers from a strange kind of nostalgia — a yearning for a golden age that one never personally experienced. There's a term for this born-too-late feeling: "epigonic." Derived from a peculiar Greek verb that means "to be born after," it describes anyone who labors under the delusion that the present era is less distinguished than its predecessor.

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