FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY: Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s
In a strange turn of luck, I was the recipient of two free copies of a fun new book: Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein. 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.
Since I don’t need two copies of the book I’ve decided to share one with one lucky blog reader. If you’re interested, here’s what I ask:
- Send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org naming your favorite 80’s band or solo musician and why. It can be an anecdote, a music analysis, or any other random thoughts that make this artist your favorite. I don’t care as long as it’s interesting.
- Entries should be at least 250 words but can be as long as you like.
- You have to give me permission to run your story on the site (anonymously if you prefer).
- Entries are due by 5:00pm New York time on Monday, May 5.
I’ll choose one winner based on what I feel is the best email … It’s that simple!
In the meantime, here are some links about Mad World:
- Courtesy of Stereogum: Mad World excerpt on Echo & the Bunnymen.
- Courtesy of Spin: Mad World excerpt on the Smiths.
- Courtesy of Slicing Up Eyeballs: Mad World excerpts on New Order and Simple Minds.
- Mad World review from the Los Angeles Review of Books
- From Rolling Stone: 10 New Wave Secrets Revealed in Eighties Oral History ‘Mad World’