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They’re losing their minds over

 Mad World!

“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.”
—Rob Sheffield, contributing editor, Rolling Stone, and author of Talking to Girls About Duran Duran
“It’s a book that pays due to an overlooked generation.” 
Adam Ant
“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, while the commentaries by authors Jonathan `Dexys fans are in it for life’ Bernstein and Lori `everything I thought and felt was in the name of Duran Duran’ Majewski are insightful, hysterical, and totally awesome.”
—Martha Quinn, co-author VJ:The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave; DJ, SiriusXM 
“Holy Human League! `Mad World professes not to be a definitive history of New Wave but they could’ve fooled me. Every fantastic detail of the era pops back to life via 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?!”
—Ian Drew, Entertainment Director, Us Weekly
“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.”
 —Dave Holmes, New York Magazine’s Vulture, former MTV VJ
“I want to plug a book that I have nothing to do with but that I’m reading and loving and recommending to friends. It’s called Mad World. If you’re a big fan of 80s new wave music, they take all of those songs, and each chapter is a behind-the-scenes about the song, like “Come On Eileen,” “Take on Me,” [“True” by] Spandau Ballet. I am fascinated by this silly book.” 
—Gary Dell’Abate, aka Baba Booey, executive producer of the Howard Stern Show, on the post-Stern Wrap Up show
“`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.”
— Shirley Halperin, Music Editor, Billboard and the Hollywood Reporter
“If you miss the days when the world was made of mesh and lace, you’ll want to check out ‘Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.’ The hugely entertaining book includes interviews with dozens of musicians, from Simon Le Bon to Howard Jones. Mad World not only reveals the stories behind the songs that were MTV staples, but it lets the artists settle old scores.
—Gavin Edwards, RollingStone.com
“‘Mad World’ honors 35 of the era’s hits, from Devo’s ‘Whip It’ to Duran Duran’s ‘Girls on Film’ to A-ha’s ‘Take on Me.’ Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein interviewed all of the bands and uncovered many tidbits that blew my mind. I thought because I’d heard these songs a million times, I knew all about them. But I learned so much.”
—Whitney Matheson, USA Today’s Pop Candy
“While Mad World is a must-have for the formerly frosted bangs set, it serves as a useful primer for anyone curious about the oft-maligned new wave era. Fun fact: Mad World may mark the only time since the band’s bitter breakup that everyone in The Smiths has said something nice about one another.”
—Gina Vivinetto, The Los Angeles Review of Books
I didn’t expect to like Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein’s book as much as I did. Especially, I didn’t expect to have as much fun reading about the records I either hate (‘Too Shy’ being a prominent example) or have heard one hundred times too often (e.g. ‘Come On Eileen’). But in gathering up copious first-person interviews – including, to their enormous credit, a certain Morrissey – the American-born Majewski and Scots-raised Bernstein have assembled a thorough, and thoroughly entertaining, oral history of a vital period in popular music.”
—Tony Fletcher, author of A Light That Never Goes Out, The Enduring Saga of the Smiths and Moon: The Life and Death of a Rock Legend
“‘Mad World’[is] an exhaustive oral history of that timeless era that swings from New Romanticism to no-love-lost – from luxury to heartache, so to speak – with such completist aplomb and attention to emotional detail that you may forget that all we’re talking about here are the middle-eights and synthesizer flourishes of pivotal songs from the era.” 
—Billy Manes, Orlando Weekly
“Impeccably-titled to pull in the Donnie Darko generation, this wonderfully-executed labour of love offers a refreshing take on the third British invasion of the U.S. from the standpoint of people who listened to KROQ in LA and watched MTV and John Hughes movies. The definitive time capsule.”
—Pierre Perrone, Classic Pop Magazine
“`Mad World’ is a definitive, splashy look at a very underrated time in pop music’s history. The book is painstakingly accurate and, at the same time, obviously written with great affection. Drag that colorful jacket with the shoulder pads out of the closet with your distressed jeans in the corner and buy it immediately!!!”
— Michael Des Barres, musician, actor, talk show host and radio DJ
“`Mad World’ is a fun read, a comprehensive collection of the most legendary bands we played on MTV. Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein got the artists to tell their stories in their own words and caught us up with where they are today. If you have no memory of the decade — I had no idea that Michael Jackson’s fashion sense was influenced by Adam Ant — you need this book!” 
 —Mark Goodman, co-author, VJ:The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave; DJ, SiriusXM
“At first glance, a book with stories behind some of the biggest hits of those wacky ‘80s seems like a fun idea. But for anyone who came of age in the ‘80s, this music wasn’t just something to listen to; it was identity, exposure to creativity and causes, and the soundtrack to many life firsts. ‘Mad World’ has the emotional resonance of a beloved photo album or diary. It’s like someone put one of the best times of your life in a book.
 —Suzan Colón, former editor at Star Hits, author of  Cherries in Winter: My Family’s Recipe For Hope in Hard Times
“In high school my older brothers turned me onto the Smiths and changed my life. I remember hearing `How Soon is Now?’ for the first time and couldn’t believe a song like that existed! `Mad World’ lets me live in the stories behind the greatest songs of all time (no hyperbole!), as told by the songwriters themselves and contextualized brilliantly by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein. It should be an essential read in songwriting classes. I’m so glad this book exists.”
 —Sarah “Ultragrrrl” Lewitinn, music director, writer, and DJ
“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.” 
 —Alan Light, former Editor-in-Chief, Spin and Vibe magazines
“I love this book. It’s the kind of book I’ll pore over again and again, and get something new out of it each time. It’s also the next best thing to being 14 and listening to WLIR again. Plus, no teenage angst or acne!”
—Elisa Lorello, author, Friends of Mine: Thirty Years in the Life of a Duran Duran fan
“Reading it is like watching a series of VH1 `Behind the Music’ episodes – 36 of them. But instead of having a bunch of talking heads interrupting the true stories, saying pretty much the same old same old (‘That song took them to the next level’ – Duh!), you get the full story about the men and women behind the hits and the non-hits, straight from the sources’ mouths.”
—Jeremy Helligar, former editor at People, Entertainment Weekly and Us Weekly

 

One Comment

  1. Dave Jones
    May 12, 2014 @ 23:08:15

    Looks great, I’ll have to get this.

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