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

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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 Rob Sheffield

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Rob Sheffield has been a music journalist for over 20 years. He is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, where he writes about music, TV, and pop culture, and regularly appears on VH1. He is the author of the national bestsellers Love Is a Mix Tape and Talking to Girls About Duran Duran. Sheffield lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published June 9, 2010 by Plume. 289 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Though the reader learns in passing about the author’s remarriage, much of the talk about girls concerns his younger sisters, “the coolest people I knew.” Where Sheffield’s debut felt cathartic, some of this book seems comparatively glib—for example, “There are times in a man’s life that can only...

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Publishers Weekly

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Music journalist Sheffield (Love Is a Mix Tape) chronicles his passage through the 1980s in a series of chapters in which period groups—from headliners like Roxy Music and Prince to one-hit wonders like Haysi Fantayzee of “Shiny Shiny” semifame—provides musical accompaniment to his adoles...

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BC Books

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Sheffield’s “geekness” comes across in his latest book, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut, and that’s a good thing.

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Entertainment Weekly

The author of 2007's acclaimed Love Is a Mix Tape reaches back to the '80s in his second collection of music-themed memories, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran.

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Los Angeles Times

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The author of 'Love Is a Mix Tape' delivers a book that is at once eloquent about the '80s and a bit dopey about them.

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The Washington Post

Rob Sheffield learned everything he needed to know about life from his pop music collection.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

A lot of English rock stars have their "we went to California and beheld the mystical girl passion of our fans and we saw that it was good" song, like Led Zeppelin ("Misty Mountain Hop" or "Going to California") or Elton John ("Tiny Dancer") or David Bowie ("Young Americans").

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In Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, Prince's "Purple Rain" gets no more ink than Haysi Fantayzee's "Shiny Shiny," and that is part of the book's charm.

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PopMatters

Talking to Girls About Duran Duran reaches these heights on a couple of occasions—interestingly, in the one chapter in the book in which he revisits that lost love and then again in a subsequent chapter about singing karaoke with his new one—but for the most part the book is far less balanced tha...

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Austin Chronicle

As a follow-up to his heartbreaking memoir Love Is a Mix Tape, pop culture sponge and Rolling Stone critic Rob Sheffield's latest speaks to a generational love rather than personal.

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Book Forum

Music critic Rob Sheffield's memoir Talking to Girls About Duran Duran appears at first to be founded on a fallacy—that Duran Duran are still huge, and that their ongoing fame speaks to something ineffable about .

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