Repackaging my youth

In the past month I’ve watched Upside Down: The Creation Records story, started reading Luke Haines’ book on Britpop and received the deluxe reissue of Suede excellent second album Dog Man Star.

Add this to the recent 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana’s landmark Nevermind and the ongoing R.E.M. reissue campaign and it all adds up to the repackaging of a major part of my youth.

Although it’s striking to be reminded that 20 years have now passed since I was 16 – and it really does seem like several lifetimes ago – I can’t say I mind the repacking and revisiting that accompanies the milestones of decades.

Perhaps I should take against the relentless drive of commercialisation, but instead I find myself quietly celebrating the chance to get the orchestral version of Still Life on CD.

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