1982 by Jian Ghomeshi1982 by Jian Ghomeshi


byJian Ghomeshi

Hardcover | September 18, 2012

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In 1982 the Commodore 64 computer was introduced, Ronald Reagan survived being shot, the Falkland War started and ended, Michael Jackson released, Thriller, Canada repatriated its Constitution, and the first compact disc was sold in Germany. And that’s not all. In 1982 I blossomed from a naive fourteen-year-old trying to fit in with the cool kids to something much more: a naive eyeliner-wearing, fifteen-year-old trying to fit in with the cool kids.

So writes Jian Ghomeshi in this, his first book, 1982. It is a memoir told across intertwined stories of the songs and musical moments that changed his life. Obsessed with David Bowie ("I wanted to be Bowie,” he recalls), the adolescent Ghomeshi embarks on a Nick Hornbyesque journey to make music the centre of his life. Acceptance meant being cool, and being cool meant being Bowie. And being Bowie meant pointy black boots, eyeliner, and hair gel. Add to that the essential all-black wardrobe and you have two very confused Iranian parents, busy themselves with gaining acceptance in Canada against the backdrop of the revolution in Iran.

It is a bittersweet, heartfelt book that recalls awkward moments such as Ghomeshi’s performance as the “Ivory” in a school production of Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney’s Ebony and Ivory; a stakeout where Rush was rehearsing for its world tour; and a memorable day at the Police picnic of 1982. Music is the jumping-off place for Ghomeshi to discuss young love, young heartache, conformity, and the nature of cool. At the same time, 1982 is an entertaining cultural history of a crazy era of glam, glitter, and gender-bending fads and fashions. And it is definitely the first rock memoir by a Persian-Canadian new waver.

Jian Ghomeshi is a broadcaster, writer, musician, and producer. He is the host of the national talk program Q on CBC Radio One and CBC TV. The show, which he co-created in 2007, now has the largest audience of any cultural affairs program in Canada. Ghomeshi was a member of the multi-platinum-selling Canadian folk-rock group Moxy Früvo...
Title:1982Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.54 × 5.56 × 0.95 inPublished:September 18, 2012Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670066486

ISBN - 13:9780670066483

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this 3.75 stars Jian Ghomeshi, now known as the host of Q on CBC Radio and as one of the members of the 1990s band, Moxy Fruvous, was 14/15 years old in 1982. He and his Iranian family had immigrated to Canada from England a few years earlier. In 1982, Jian was interested in New Wave music and David Bowie was his idol. Jian also had a crush on an older girl at school, Wendy. In this book, Jian recounts his insecurities, not only at being a 14-year old boy, but also a “brown” immigrant trying to fit in at school. I enjoyed this. I thought it read similarly to how Jian speaks and I could often hear his voice as I read (mmm, Jian's voice...). Jian also likes lists, as he peppers them throughout the book. Initially I liked the lists, but there did get to be quite a few, and some of them were a little odd. The book was also a bit repetitive at times (it went back and forth in time a bit, so some things were repeated, but I don't think it always needed to be). Overall, though, I did enjoy it.
Date published: 2013-04-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Channeling 80s want to be rocker... A somewhat non-linear telling of Jian's life experiences from 1982 with his obsession of David Bowie, many lists, being New Wave, fitting in and his dream girl Wendy. There is lots of repetition and detailed explanations of things he experienced. A bit of a flashback to the 80s.
Date published: 2013-03-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dashed expectations Maybe I was expecting too much. Yes, there are tons of references to 1982, but nothing really in-depth about Jian. Too much RUSH, too much of one concert, and I couldn't finish this book, which is really rare for me. If there were pictures of Jian during the epic 1982, maybe that would have salvaged the loss I felt upon opening this tiny tome. The only picture is the author pic, and it's a small one. Jian, if you write another book I'll give it a chance, but there had better be pictures!
Date published: 2012-11-17

Editorial Reviews

"Heartfelt and well told tales of Lolas and Golden Star burgers and escaping the suburbs with one's dreams intact." - Geddy Lee, RUSH“1982 is a funny and compelling read … a nostalgic love letter to the 1980s …examining the meaThning of cool, and the role music plays in who we become and who we love.” - The Globe and Mail“A truly great read.” - Toronto Star“[1982] is equal parts an exercise in Generation X nostalgia … romantic comedy and coming-of-age tale.” - National Post