Mad World - Lori Majewski, Jonathan Bernstein, Nick Rhodes & Moby

Mad World

By Lori Majewski, Jonathan Bernstein, Nick Rhodes & Moby

  • Release Date: 2014-04-15
  • Genre: Music
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 28 Ratings

Description

Mad World is a highly entertaining oral history that celebrates the New Wave music phenomenon of the 1980s via new interviews with 35 of the most notable artists of the period. Each chapter begins with a discussion of their most popular song but leads to stories of their history and place in the scene, ultimately painting a vivid picture of this colorful, idiosyncratic time. Mixtape suggestions, fashion sidebars, and quotes from famous contemporary admirers help fill out the fun. Participants include members of Duran Duran, New Order, The Smiths, Tears for Fears, Adam Ant, Echo and the Bunnymen, Devo, ABC, Spandau Ballet, A Flock of Seagulls, Thompson Twins, and INXS.

Reviews

  • I Just Can’t Get Enough

    5
    By Scramalot
    If you have an obsession with new wave music from the era that spawned it, get this book. As a self-proclaimed aficionado, and a purveyor of the genre (new wave tribute musician) I can attest to the brilliance in both the information contained within, and how it is delivered. This is no dry academic history of new wave. LM and JB get their information straight from the horse’s mouth, and deliver it to you the same way. Simply amazing to be reading the reminiscences of those who lived it to the fullest.
  • Great nostalgia and insight

    5
    By songster1967
    It’s often easy to get caught up in the kitsch of the 80’s era of music, and many of the written accounts come off as teen magazine fodder. Not this book. Lori parlayed her #1 Durannie status and new wave fan girl into a brilliant editorial career now reaching new heights. Together, she and Jon have created an insightful tome into a time that was too good to be ignored, let alone forgotten. With lots of “huh, how bout that” moments, Mad World is exactly what the doctor ordered for those who can remember and appreciate what an exceptional time in music the 80’s were and this is a de facto reference for all of the newer generation who need to know what they missed.

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