No time to digest Simon Reynolds' Rip It Up And Start Again? Here's a useful primer on post-punk, written from an American perspective, though acknowledging that the phenomenon was largely British.
As well as the helpful guide itself, I enjoyed the pithy descriptions of some of the period's most essential songs and records. The Cure's Faith and Carnage Visors? "Dave Gilmour overdoses on morphine and gets put on an ice floe, where he takes a very slow trip to a very sad heaven." Gang Of Four's Entertainment? "Your teeth chatter, your limbs flair, you pee on an electric socket and dream of Dr. Feelgood being sodomized by George Clinton."