Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut by Rob Sheffield

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Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut Read Online Free - The author of the national bestseller Love is a Mix Tape returns, with a different-but equally personal and equally universal- spin on music as memory. "No rock critic-living or dead, American or otherwise-has ever written about pop music with the evocative, hyperpoetic perfectitude of Rob Sheffield." So said Chuck Klosterman about Love is a Mix Tape, Sheffield's paean to a lost love via its soundtrack. Now, in Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, Sheffield shares the soundtrack to his eighties adolescence. When he turned 13 in 1980, Rob Sheffield had a lot to learn about women, love, music and himself, and in Talking to Girls About Duran Duran we get a glimpse into his transformation from pasty, geeky "hermit boy" into a young man with his first girlfriend, his first apartment, and a sense of the world. These were the years of MTV and John Hughes movies; the era of big dreams and bigger shoulder pads; and, like any all-American boy, this one was searching for true love and maybe a cooler haircut. It's all here: Inept flirtations. Dumb crushes. Deplorable fashion choices. Members Only jackets. Girls, every last one of whom seems to be madly in love with the bassist of Duran Duran. Sheffield's coming-of-age story is one that we all know, with a playlist that any child of the eighties or anyone who just loves music will sing along with. These songs-and Sheffield's writing-will remind readers of that first kiss, that first car, and the moments that shaped their lives.

Title : Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut
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ISBN : 0525951563
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


RandomAnthony rated it ★★★☆☆

July 22, 2014

Rob Sheffield's Talking With Girls About Duran Duran is less about Duran Duran and more about the ways boys in the 80s (and any era, really) accessed music to help them articulate what they can't quite say to girls or each other. The book also reads like the memoir of a polite, Catholic indie-roc...

Kim rated it ★★★★☆

September 07, 2013

This week I was able to finish 3 books… dog days of summer and all that. 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...

Kristen rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 27, 2015

I should've known what I was getting into, but I found the intro to be extremely patronizing. "This is just the way we [men] dissect the things we love. But it's tougher to talk to women about the Clash. (They love "Stand by Me" but they don't care that it's really called "Train in Vain" instead...

Elly rated it ★★★☆☆

March 14, 2011

You ever have someone try and turn you on to something that just doesn’t quite fit you, but you can still tell it’s really, really awesome? Even if you don’t enjoy it as much as you probably ought to? You know, like The Dave Matthews Band, or imported stinky cheeses, or anal sex. Yeah. So I just r...

Anthony rated it ★★★★★

August 07, 2011

I grew up saturated with music in my household, my father could have opened a record store in our house with the amount of vinyl and cassette's he had (now cds omg... oh so many). All genres too, so I was exposed to everything, except Madonna and Prince he wasn't a fan of them whatsoever, so I co...

Marc rated it ★★★★☆

August 17, 2011

Being a fan of Duran Duran and being a fan of talking to girls, this book was right up my alley. It helped that I am an 80s kid who remains a big 80s fan. This is the type of book that I used to resent reading when it was about the baby boom era for the baby boomers. They always seemed full of ob...

Jenn rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 25, 2016

alas, the text didn't live up to the totally awesome title. how sad it is when that happens ... as i mentioned whilst reading, the intro starts with some fairly stupid broad gender statements that i hoped would be limited to the introduction. sadly, not so much. the habit of saying things like "g...

Peter rated it ★★★★☆

July 07, 2010

Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut by Rob Sheffield 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 t...

Riccol rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 27, 2016

This was a tough book for me to rate. I had to think long and hard about it as I wanted to be fair; it didn't seem right to write it off as a bomb just because it didn't fit my personal tastes. But after much consideration I did give it only 1 star, which equates to a Bomb/Skip It in my system. H...

Brian rated it ★★★☆☆

August 05, 2011

I read Life is a Mixtape on the recommendation of a friend late last year, and found it to be a really poignant biography of life and loss with music as a tremendously powerful backdrop. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran is similar in construct, but is more of a series of memoirs about growing u...

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