08 January, 2015

Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs that Defined the 1980s by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein [Briar, Manukau Library]

For the best part of the Sunday afternoon after borrowing this book you could find me sitting on my couch with Mad World in one hand, laptop on my lap, Youtubing all the songs and artists as I read.

Even if you are not a New Wave music fan Mad World is an awesome depiction of the music that made up a generation and contains transcripts of interviews with New Wave acts, ranging from the megastars (Duran Duran) to the obscure (Bow Wow Wow). Read on their own the stories are an honest and fascinating depiction of the time, both as it was and how artists see it now (ridiculous haircuts, fights, girls and all…).

There is something about this book that is brutally honest, but also touching and thoughtful. I just loved it.

Title: Mad world: An oral history of new wave artists and songs that defined the 1980s
Author: Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein
Published: New York, NY, Abrams Image, 2014.
ISBN: 9781419710971

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