Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut
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 ...more
Sheffield likes to portray himself as a wuss with a weakness for shiny pop but he's way more ...more
One was a rather depressing tale of orphanism and the south and people who chewed tobacco. I shudder. The other was that horrible Heathers like book Some Girls Are… (not horrible as in horrible writing, but ugh…) and then I finished up this book. I am all over the place. I have a cold and was told that I may be experiencing ‘premenopausal’ symptoms (fuck that shit. I am 41 years old. I’m sweating because I live in New Engla ...more
Yeah. So I just read Talking to Girls About Duran Duran. That’s kinda how I feel about the book. It’s good. Very good! It’s just…well…I think I lack the balls to appreciate it fully.
I mean, based on the cover, it screams ...more
Back in the day, in the early to mid-2000's, I used to subscribe to a music magazine called Blender. It was lighthearted, irreverent, super-snarky, and never failed to make me laugh. People who read "real" music magazines sneered at it, but I loved it. That's where I first ran into Rob Sheffield and enjoyed his writing. Blender folded in 2009, so I've been meaning to read his books for a long time now.
This month my library dedicated its theme shelf to "Libraries Rock!" and filled it ...more
Sheffield's memoir Love Is a Mix Tape pretty much ripped my heart out as it chronicled his love of music and then his love of Renee, his wife who died unexpectedly only five years into their marriage.
In Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, Sheffield explores his adolescence in the 1980's through song titled chapters to compile an ...more
Okay, before we get too far into this, everyone should know that this book doesn't come out for a whole week.
This is very exciting for me.
Not only did I hold the book in my hands before the unwashed, unshaven, apparently wholly uneducated about hygiene masses, but the version I held was special. And not just because it was an uncorrected proof. Not just because Steve Perry was named Stev ...more
I despise cooked onions. But I love liver. And 99% of diners everywhere serve it smothered with sauteed onions. If I don't specify "no onions" when ordering and am thus presented with a dish pi ...more
I loved it. I didn't want it to end. I related to it through the music.
I loved that music lyrics were used as sentences in here through his many stories of growing up during the 1980's. I loved his ingenious idea to name the chapters after his favorite songs from the fab 80's decade. Sheffield listed his 25 top songs. As a self proclaimed 80's freak. I will also share some of my favorite songs from the 1980's (in no particular order what so ever)!!
1. I Ran - F ...more
I was excited to read this, as I really liked the author's previous book, Love is a Mixtape. Plus, I like 80s music and reading memoirs about music. However, this book rubbed me the wrong way from the start, and I gave up pretty early on. Perhaps I didn't give it a fair shot, but all of his observations seemed to be based on ridiculous gender stereotypes about music. I got particularly annoyed when he was talking about The Clash (a band that boy's like, according to the author), and says how gir ...more
It took me less than three days to finish Rob Sheffield's equivalent of a sophomore album - his second book, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran. I was a huge fan of his memoir, Love is a Mix Tape, so I had high hopes for this book too.
Now I didn't live through the 80s, I'm not a Duran Duran fan, not Irish Catholic, and didn't recognize the majority of these songs by name, but I ripped through this book. I would get to the end of a chapter (each chapter title a different song) and think, "oh...ju...more
Rob Sheffield grew up with it, too; he’s a very clever, insightful writer from Rolling Stone. He doesn’t apologize for the music. He writes humorous and touching stories about what it meant to him. He lets it ...more
I could relate to this book on many levels -- maybe not quite as much as I did to Ready Player One, but still feel that this could have been the chronicl ...more
I've spent equal time reading and going on YouTube watching the videos that match the music in the book. Some of the titles I didn't remember. Some I didn't know. It's fun. Some of the references I just didn't get...maybe it was the "boy's perspective".
If you loved Duran Duran...pick it up...at le ...more
I envy people who can identify themselves with a musical decade. I can't call myself a kid of the '80s, since I was still a bit too young to listen to their music on purpose (let alone what wa ...more
His first book, Love is a Mix ...more