Thursday, October 17, 2013

Three years between posts is fine, right?


While the YA industry and I sort out our differences, I have a new book, written in conjunction with my friend Lori Majewski, on the horizon. Mad World:An Oral History of Songs And Artists That Defined The 1980s--it may take me until the 2080s to remember that subtitle-- is, as the title suggests, a book about the much-maligned new wave era. As well as overviews and commentaries by the co-authors, it features brand new interviews with the likes of New Order,Duran Duran, The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen, Spandau Ballet, Human League, Simple Minds, Dexys Midnight Runners, OMD, ABC, Berlin, Adam & The Ants, Kim Wilde, Thomas Dolby, Thompson Twins,Ultravox, Soft Cell and, yes, A Flock Of Seagulls. And yesx2 Kajagoogoo. We talk about their breakthrough hits, the prevailing culture of the times,the highs, the lows, the fights, the failures and, it goes without saying but obviously I'm saying it, the hair. This book was a lot of fun to write and, hopefully, it'll be equally as enjoyable to read. It's in no way an erudite, chin-stroking rock critic dissection of the decade. It's two fans freaking out over their favorite songs by their favorite artists from their favorite era. Well, one and a half fans. (I have issues with overt emotions).