The author of the national bestseller Love Is a Mix Tape returns, with a different—but equally personal and equally universal—pin 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 thirteen 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 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.
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