ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Lori Majewski

Lori Majewski

Lori Majewski is a American magazine editor and writer. Having honed her craft at teen titles Sassy and YM, she was a co-founder, and later, editor-in-chief, of Teen People. She was also an executive editor of Entertainment Weekly and Us Weekly, and has written for Women’s Health, The Guardian, Rollingstone.com, Yahoo! Shine, and more. She was on the verge of founding a multi-media empire but chose instead to accept John Taylor’s proposal of marriage. The pair live a simple life with their two beautiful children, Seven and Ragged-Tiger. They spend their time looking at vintage copies of Lori’s fanzine, Too Much Information: The Definitive Duranzine, and laughing at the notion that she was wasting her life following his group around the world. Okay, maybe it didn’t happen exactly like that. But there’s still time…

Jonathan Bernstein

Jonathan Bernstein

Jonathan Bernstein is a Scottish-born author, journalist and screenwriter. He is the author of Pretty In Pink: The Golden Age of Eighties Teen Movies (St. Martin’s Press), the YA novels Hottie and Burning Ambition (Razorbill). He has written for such publications as The Hollywood Reporter, The GuardianSpinRolling StoneThe Face, and Teen People. He has also written the feature films Just My LuckThe Spy Next Door, Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector, and Max Keeble’s Big Move. He was a founding member of influential Glasgow 1980s group April Showers, whose debut (and final) single, “Abandon Ship,” was a much-loved international hit. Okay, “hit” might be overstating the case. Also: much-loved. Also: international. However, it did get some airplay in the Philippines.

3 Comments

  1. Diana Barnes @ Indie New At Noon.com
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 17:48:17

    Hello, I spoke with John at Record Runner, NYC about covering Record Store Day, and he mentioned that you will be there for a book signing, and of course we would like to speak with and/or interview you. Please feel free to reach me at the contact info listed above.
    We are looking forward to speaking with you soon. Great Book, I lived the 80′s.

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  2. Al
    Aug 14, 2014 @ 14:47:35

    Somehow I’ve missed your book until I read an article about it last week…..I bought it and devoured it. It was so great, really a lot of fun to read.

    I kept bumping up against something, however, that spurred me to reach out and…..leave a comment (here we are!) which is something I really don’t normally do.

    I kept finding myself wishing there was a brief section at the beginning of each chapter with a block of technical information about each song / band. Specifically:

    The band’s hometown
    Who played what on the track
    Who wrote the song
    Who produced the song
    What album the song is from
    Release date of the song (I realize this was often different for UK / US, but still)
    Highest chart position (UK / US)
    Recording dates of the song and where it was recorded

    I realize some of this information comes up in some of the interviews, but you sort of have to search for it. And if it DOESN’T come up in the interviews, then it’s just not there. I’m also aware that anyone can google it – but there’s just something that’s nice about having it right there, to sort of place it in the context of everything else / all the other songs.

    I mainly mention this because I’m sure you’re having a lot of success with the book and may be planning a second one….and maybe I can sway you to include the information in Volume 2!

    Otherwise I loved the book! Thanks for putting the time into it.

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    • Jonathan Bernstein
      Aug 14, 2014 @ 14:55:29

      Thanks for taking the time to write. At one point, we were going to do exactly as you suggested. We had plans for a running feature that was going to be called “This Much Is True” which would have featured all the information you mentioned. And then, when we got close to he final edit, we had to lose a brutal 8000 words and that feature was one of the first things to go. Next time, though, we’ll try and find a way to integrate more information.

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