Talking To Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest For True Love And A Cooler Haircut

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Talking To Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest For True Love And A Cooler Haircut

by Rob Sheffield

Penguin Publishing Group | April 26, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Talking To Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest For True Love And A Cooler Haircut is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
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.
 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.7 × 5.06 × 0.64 in

Published: April 26, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0452297230

ISBN - 13: 9780452297234

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!!! I received this book for Christmas and had just finished Turn Around Bright Eyes by the same author. Although I did not love the latter, I fell in love with Taking to girls about Duran Duran. It's hilarious, easy, sweet and filled with delicious 80's music and movie references. It is by far my favorite Rob Sheffield book. I found myself constantly reading some passages out loud to my husband, who was also laughing really hard. Great job!  
Date published: 2014-01-06

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Talking To Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest For True Love And A Cooler Haircut

by Rob Sheffield

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.7 × 5.06 × 0.64 in

Published: April 26, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0452297230

ISBN - 13: 9780452297234

About the Book

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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The Go-Go’s “Our Lips Are Sealed” 1980 It was my first coat-and-tie dance, and I couldn’t get out of it, because I’d told my sisters about it. They put some serious muscle into dressing me up. All three of my sisters got in on the act—Ann was thirteen, Tracey was twelve, Caroline was only four—and even though I was the oldest at fourteen, I had no authority to say no. I was desperate to get out of the dance and do what I always did on a Friday night, which was stay home and watch The Dukes of Hazzard , but there was no way I was getting out of this. My sisters were intent on dolling me up. My coughing fits and “I think I’ve got the consumption, I mean mumps, or maybe scarlet fever” routine did nothing to fool them. So instead of spending my quality time with Bo, Luke, Daisy and the General, I was getting my hair did. The soirees at the Milton Hoosic Club were swank affairs, with a live band to play “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Cocaine,” and the same songs every band played at any teen dance. But I was going to look spiffy. My sisters strong-armed me to the sink, bent me over the basin, and shampooed me. Ann picked out one of my dad’s ties while Tracey put conditioner in my hair. They sent Caroline to ask Mom if they could shave me. “Mooooom?” “Go ahead,” my mom said, trying to concentrate on her book. “No blood, okay?” There wasn’t much legitimate stub
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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.
 

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

A handful of rock writers can explain what they think about music, and lots of rock writers can explain what they feel about music. What makes Rob Sheffield different is that he understands how those feelings are generated. He can turn those abstract emotions into concrete thoughts. It doesn''t happen often, but sometimes the smartest guy in the room is also the funniest guy in the room...and the nicest guy...and the tallest guy...and the most vocal Chaka Khan fan. Read Talking to Girls About Duran Duran and enter that room. -Chuck Klosterman, New York Times bestselling author of Eating the Dinosaur and Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs "In Talking to Girls About Duran Duran , Rob Sheffield goes deep into the ''80s, into his own adolescent heart. Sheffield uses music the way some people use scripture-to elucidate and sanctify the mysteries of life. He raises teen angst into high art that is funny, charming, and profoundly pleasurable." -Darcey Steinke, author of Easter Everywhere "[Sheffield]''s such a funny and insightful critic... After happily wallowing in this nostalgic journey, haul out your Go-Gos tunes, and you''ll soon feel the same." - Miami Herald "... a lighthearted coming of age story about a music-addicted teen growing up in ''80s Boston, driving an ice cream truck and gobbling up all things new wave. We all have songs that serve as emotional and biographical touchstones, but Sheffield has a gift for writing about such songs and bands in a way that brings his past to v
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