Thursday, January 19, 2012

Music of the 80's

If you were a teen in the 80's, or for some reason you love 80's music, keep reading. Otherwise, a new blog post will appear in a few days. Rolling Stone magazine's music journalist Rob Sheffield shares his mixed relationship with new wave/pop/disco/punk/rock and of course girls in his book Talking To Girls About Duran Duran. In these days of needing to provide full disclosure, I went to college and I'm friends with Rob's sister who plays a major role in the story (essentially makes it more vivid for me, won't detract any for you).
Each chapter is dedicated to a different band and song from David Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes" to The Smiths' "Ask" to The Rolling Stones' "She's So Cold." Rob (yes, I'm pretending I know the author) explains why the song is significant both in the greater social context as well as personally. He so accurately captures what life was like for a teen in the 80's I found myself gasping in shared memory (Funky Cold Medina anyone?). Plus Rob's summer jobs lend themselves to great stories such as the year he was the ice cream man.
Rob Sheffield's writing style is casual and yet shows his vast musical knowledge - granted he does seem a bit obsessed at times. Take a few hours and walk down memory lane, even if it was your painful adolescence and remember the angst and the joy of the 80's.
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