Talking to Girls About Duran Duran : One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut (Paperback)

Author: Sheffield, Rob

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The author of "Love Is a Mix Tape" shares the soundtrack to his 1980s adolescence. These were the years of MTV and John Hughes movies; and, like any all-American boy, Sheffield was searching for true love and maybe a cooler haircut.


Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9780452297234
SKU 217449218
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0452297230
Release Date 4/26/2011
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.5T
"Music is...the author's religion, and why shouldn't it be? It's a beautiful relationship, and he wants to share it. So he wrote us this book of psalms."
"The book's 25 chapters work as impressionistic pieces, even as transcribed stand-up bits. Amid titles such as "Chaka Khan, 'I Feel for You'" and "Culture Club, 'I'll Tumble 4 Ya,'" Sheffield alternates between straight-ahead, restrained prose and punch-line-drunk, reference-laden patter."
"Sheffield's love letter to the songs that saw him through will resonate with anyone who ever took solace in the radio when no one else seemed to understand."
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Annotation Rob Sheffield, who opened up to readers about his young loves (music and girls) in LOVE IS A MIX TAPE, further excavates his own coming-of-age story in TALKING TO GIRLS ABOUT DURAN DURAN. This collection focuses each essay on a particular song. And for Sheffield, each of these songs is the repository for powerful (and often quite funny) memories about a particular period of time in his awkward adolescence. Using pop music, which is undoubtedly the author's first love, as a series of historical markers, Sheffield presents a charming personal history, offering along the way some interesting insights into the music (which includes, aside from the titular band, songs of Prince, the Replacements, Madonna, and David Bowie) and the era--the infamous 1980s.
Editors Note From the bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape, "a funny, insightful look at the sublime torture of adolescence". (Entertainment Weekly) || The 1980s meant MTV and John Hughes movies, big dreams and bigger shoulder pads, and millions of teen girls who nursed crushes on the members of Duran Duran. As a solitary teenager stranded in the suburbs, Rob Sheffield had a lot to learn about women, love, music, and himself. And he was sure his radio had all the answers. || As evidenced by the bestselling sales of Sheffield's first book, Love Is a Mix Tape, the connection between music and memory strikes a chord with readers. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran strikes that chord all over again, and is a pitch-perfect trip through '80s music-from Bowie to Bobby Brown, from hair metal to hip-hop. But this book is not just about music. It's about growing up and how every song is a snapshot of a moment that you'll remember the rest of your life.
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Number of Pages 0274
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