Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s

Category: Book
Afterword By: , Moby
By (author): Bernstein, Jonathan
By (author): Majewski, Lori
Foreword By: Rhodes, Nick
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Composers & Musicians
  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
  MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Pop Vocal
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Published: April 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.00in x 6.00in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*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.
Review Quote*"Holy Human League! Mad World professes to not be a definitive history of New Wave, but its authors could've fooled me. Every fantastic detail of the era pops back to life via the vivid tales of its top titans, from Adam Ant to Kajagoogoo (that's right! Kajagoogoo!). Getting lost in story after story made me never want to return to the world of twerking, texting and soy lattes. Come on, Eileen - can't we just whip it good forever?"
Review Quote*"Mad World is an exhaustive, revelatory history of one of the most important eras of modern pop music. Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein lived it, breathed it, and loved it - and make you want to relive it all over again. In a word: awesome."
Review Quote*"Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein take us behind the hairspray and eyeliner to reveal the inside stories of the songs that defined an often-overlooked era - tales of inspiration, ambition, tension, and, of course, hairspray and eyeliner."
Review Quote*"Here it is-the whole glossy, gory, glorious story of the 1980s new wave revolution, in one addictive chapter after another. These are the artists who lived it all out, whether it's Duran Duran making the "Girls on Film" video or Kim Wilde finally explaining the "East California" enigma. Mad World captures the wild enthusiasm of the moment, evoking a time of perfect songs, innovative style, and lipstick cherry all over the lens."
Review Quote*"If you thrill to the sight of the MTV flag waving on the moon, if camera-click sounds make your heart skip a beat in anticipation of Duran Duran's "Girls On Film," and you know precisely what killed the radio star, then you'll melt with Mad World! Interviews with artists (Adam Ant, Kim Wilde, Howard Jones, Morrissey!) provide inside scoop on the MTV Generation hits we love."
Review Quote*"Remember the feeling you had in your youth, when you'd meet a stranger who had your obscure favorite band's pin on their jacket? Reading Mad World feels exactly like that, except your new friend is charming, much smarter than you, shockingly well connected, and ready to dish. My one problem with the book is my one problem with the New Wave era: that it had to end." 
Review Quote*"Mad World is an exhaustive, revelatory history of one of the most important eras of modern pop music. Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein lived it, breathed it, and loved it-and make you want to relive it all over again. In a word: awesome."
Review Quote*"Co-authors Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein interviewed all of the bands and uncovered many tidbits that blew my mind. I called Lori to reminisce about the '80s-and dang, I'd love to have 12 more conversations with her, because we didn't even touch upon INXS or Depeche Mode."
Review Quote*"The book tells the tale of some of the decade's most unforgettable songs . . . in fascinating detail, letting the architects of these memorable records shine a light on how the sound of a generation came to be."