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.
Lori Majewski was a cofounder and editor-in-chief of Teen People. She was also an executive editor of Entertainment Weekly and Us Weekly. She lives in Weehawken, New Jersey.
Jonathan Bernstein is a Los Angeles–based writer. He is the author of, among other titles, Pretty In Pink: The Golden Age of Teenage Movies, and has contributed to publications such as The Guardian, Spin, Rolling Stone, and The Face.
Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s 4.7 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
This book provided a treasure trove of facts and insights into the people who made ‘80s New Wave music.
I didn’t always agree with the selections or the commentary, but the book brought back wonderful (and cringe-worthy) teenage memories for this Gen Xer and made for easy reading while traveling abroad.
They definitely missed the gender-bending Boy George and Culture Club, as well as gay protest icons Bronski Beat, plus Oingo Boingo (not really New Wave, but extremely unique and talented) would have been fun to include (oh, and Talking Heads as well), but not everything could be included.
More than 1 year ago
More than 1 year ago
This book was an easy read - each song had just enough pages dedicated to it to keep your attention and not drag on too long. Anyone who loved the 80's and it's music will enjoy this book.
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