“Robert Loss’s writing is characterized by unstoppable historical curiosity, true storytelling, and the unusual combination of intellectual ambition and modesty–all qualities that play out with incisive strength in Nothing Has Been Done Before.”

Greil Marcus, author of Lipstick Traces, Mystery Train, and The Old, Weird America


 “The ever prized prospect of the ‘new’ excites and nourishes the commercial music industry as much as it does the desire of musicians to shape their own space within its leaky borders. In Nothing Has Been Done Before, Robert Loss cuts an idiosyncratic path through late 20th and 21st century popular music, tipping his hat to the renowned and the obscure along the way. Wearing his musical proclivities and political beliefs on his sleeve, Loss visits amongst others the familiar subjects of race, gender, protest song, and the role of technology to frame his hunt for the elusive signs of newness in popular music. His witty, characterful, and occasionally provocative style simultaneously draws you into the conversation of newness and invites critical response.” —Jack Harbord, Senior Lecturer, Leeds College of Music, UK

“Utterly original and erudite, Loss has written a book for music lovers that will inspire and instigate in equal measure.” —Ed Whitelock, co-author of Apocalypse Jukebox: The End of the World in American Popular Music

Reviews, etc.

PopMatters (Feb. 26 2018)

Mention in Publishers Weekly (Sept. 8 2017)