Rolling Stone writer (and VH-1 Personality) Rob Sheffield takes us back to the halcyon days of the 80s in Talking to Girls about Duran Duran, where music and his sisters helped him navigate through the often muddy waters of the unfamiliar, fairer, sex.

Peppered with anecdotes such as:’One thing about growing up Catholic is that it makes you open-minded about other people’s religions, since ours is nuttier than yours.’

Sheffield takes us through 80s music and the feelings and events inspired by said music. We all have moments we remember because of music, but rarely can we put on paper our feelings in a way as meaningful as Sheffield does.

I learned about sequels to David Bowie’s ‘Major Tom/Space Cowboy’ which I didn’t put together previously (like Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’). This is the second Sheffield novel I have read (the other being his first ‘Love is a Mix Tape’).

Enjoyable, will give you information about ‘good music’ without pretention. Checked out at the local library.

4.5/5

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