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Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut (Anglais) Broché – 26 avril 2011

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From the bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape and Turn Around Bright Eyes, "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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Rob Sheffield has been a music journalist for more than twenty years. He is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, where he writes about music, TV, and pop culture, and regularly appears on MTV and VH1. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Love Is a Mix Tape, which has been translated into French, German, Swedish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and other languages he cannot read. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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A paean to growing up...and '80s music 21 juillet 2010
Par EJ - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
A song can really transport you back to a specific time and place more than just about anything else, and this book may have you frantically googling for videos of the obscure 80's bands described so you can head back there for just a little while. The memories triggered by music are the driving force behind this book.

"Talking to girls..." is Rob Sheffield's second book after Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time. I wasn't sure how this book would hold up after "Mix Tape" because the latter story was so absolutely gut-wrenching and beautiful all at once; it had the feel of a completely singular work of art. But I have to say that Sheffield, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, delivers a second time.

This memoir is about growing up in the `80s, and is told through experiences with many different songs from that time. Sheffield gives us a guided tour (with soundtrack) through the everyday life experiences that we can all relate to--crummy jobs, first loves, first music that got us excited. He does this with as much warmth and humor as he did with "Mix Tape". The only place where this book does not hold up in comparison is obvious, because it couldn't possibly. Whereas Mix Tape was a love letter to his wife who so tragically died young, this book does not pack that kind of emotional punch. It's more of a sweet, breezy walk down memory lane. His love for his family and friends is abundantly clear, and the warmth of this book has made me happy since I picked it up.

My only (minor) criticism is that the writing does get a bit uneven in places, and if you are unfamiliar with some of the bands and music described, you will indeed have to google away to get yourself caught up. My MAJOR criticism is that Mr. Sheffield clearly hates Tom Petty...and this is simply unacceptable. And "Shiny Shiny" by Haysi Fantayzee may actually be the worst song ever to grace the airwaves. His love for this song is inexplicable. Nonetheless Sheffield is such an excellent writer that I won't deduct any stars for these somewhat disturbing character flaws.

Bottom line: recommend, most especially for music fans and kids who grew up in the '80s.
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Fun read about a crazy decade 22 juillet 2010
Par J.Prather - Publié sur
Format: Relié
My 11 year old son hates it when I listen to the oldies station, because listening to all of those great 80's hits always generates lots of stories that start out "when I was in high school...'' The author has offered firm evidence of something I've known all along. In the 80's, it was all about the music. I am ashamed to admit that I don't remember much of what was going on geopolitically during the 1980s, but I have very vivid memories of the launch of MTV and exactly where I was for the premiere of Michael Jackson's Beat It. The author offers up some hilarious riffs on music lyrics, movies, and his own experiences with a crazy bunch of sisters. His descriptions of his summer jobs brought back memories of some of my own summers spent with Walkman firmly in place, trying to decipher just exactly what some of those lyrics were and the hidden "true meanings" behind them.

The pop culture references come pretty rapid fire and I was able to keep up with most of them, but Haysi Fantayzee? Really? That one threw me. Sometimes the author gets pretty out there, so you have to be pretty up on your 80's new wave if your'e going to ride along, but it's all done in a very affable manner that makes for an easy read. This is a fun book that I would recommend to anyone who spent their formative years in this crazy decade. It brought back a lot of fond memories and quite a few cringes as I remembered things that were better off locked in the vault. It also kind of made me feel better for liking some of the music that I'm still pretty fond of. I must admit though, that with about 50 pages to go, I was getting tired of the 80's all over again and was ready to move on... at least until my next turn at the oldies station.
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This is pure MTV genius! 25 juillet 2010
Par Cupcake! - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
A few of the bands that shaped my teen-dom are missing. There's no ABC, there's no Adam Ant. But what is there is pure genius. Your 40 year old self will look back with longing? embarrassment? I'm not sure what - but you'll look back and laugh your butt off. If you were that kid in the record store in the back corner where they kept the imports looking for the EP of the song that you heard that morning on college radio in 1984 you will love this book. It's written for us! Highly recommend!
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Brilliant 80s Flashback 9 août 2010
Par Miss Terri - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book is a must read for anyone who has grown up with the music of the 80s as the soundtrack to life, love and loss. It's funny, insightful and a little whimiscal supported by a tinny backbeat of immortal walkman and vinyl tracks. Talking to girls about Duran Duran is, of course grounded in the meaning of life as defined by the Fab Five; as for many of us growing up there was no life without them (and for some of us, that's still largely the case!). However, the author reaquaints the reader with some of the most quintessential music of the 80s from Madonna to Culture Club to The Smiths. A great, entertaining, easy read. Highly recommended for the Gen X in all of us.
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Cross-Generational and Tons of Fun! 21 août 2011
Par west_of_eden_books - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Music journalist Rob Sheffield has put together a chronological series of essays based on pop tunes from the 1980s that he feels define some major turning points in his life as he came of age in that decade.
One would think that such a limited time-frame would exclude those of us who experienced adolescence earlier or were born later, but this is not the case.
We are all aware of the major players in this game: The Go-Go's, Culture Club, Hall & Oates, Prince and Madonna and if we find ourselves floundering with L'Trimm or Haysi Fantaysee Sheffield stands by to throw us a lifeline from his vast footlocker of pop music trivia.

His references to early MTV bear surprising parallels for those of us from the birth-of-FM-radio generation. In fact he transcends the whole idea of generations by taking us back to our own eras when the answers to life's most difficult questions could be found on the radio. We all have a store of emotional and biographical touchstones, these are Rob's and he explores them with sensitivity and wit that brings the reader into the picture with him.

And the guy can turn a phrase. His stream-of-consciousness style rapping has a rhythm as infectious as any good dance tune and his wide-ranging references, from Byron to Baba Ram Dass and back, are esoteric enough to make us feel smart while accessible enough to let us all in on the joke.

So, if you can't tell John Taylor from Nick Rhodes don't despair, Rob Sheffield will see you through, and let you in on the secret to proper toilet paper placement when entertaining female guests as well- "They just DO".
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