Mad World (Q & A and Book Signing)

Mad World (Q & A and Book Signing)

Sun, May 4, 2014

Doors: 11:30 am / Show: 12:00 pm

Rough Trade NYC

Brooklyn, NY


This event is all ages

Mad World
Mad World
Authors Lori Majewski (co-founder of Teen People, and previously executive editor at Entertainment Weekly and Us Weekly) and Jonathan Bernstein (author of Pretty in Pink: The Golden Age of Eighties Teen Movies) will discuss their new book Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s. In conversation with them will be Andy Rourke (bassist for The Smiths) Terri Nunn (singer for Berlin), Ian Drew (Entertainment Director at Us Weekly), Jem Asward (former Editor-in-chief of Spin), with more special guests to come. Following the panel and a short Q&A, Andy Rourke will DJ while the authors sign books.


"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

"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

"'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

Remember the first time you saw Duran Duran's X-rated "Girls On Film" video? Painted a white stripe across your face like Adam Ant in "Kings of the Wild Frontier"? Cried when they played "Don't You (Forget About Me)" at graduation? Sang along to "Come On Eileen," even though you couldn't make out any of the words apart from the chorus? How could you forget?!

This was last golden age of pop. This was the new-wave era.

New wave is the defining music movement of the 1980s, encompassing everything from synth pop, new romantic, and goth, to industrial, electronic, and alternative rock. It began as the brainchild of a bunch of British punks who hated guitars but who were enamored of Bowie, disco, and Kraftwerk. It exploded all over America with the help of MTV, and lives on via radio, karaoke bars, and as an influence on today's hit makers. Now there is finally an authoritative volume on the colorful and popular music that defined a generation: Mad World by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein.

The book is a highly entertaining and completely original oral history that celebrates new wave through all-new interviews with 35 of the most notable artists of the period, alongside a parade of vintage photographs. The stars of the decade discuss their breakthrough songs, as well as their histories and place in the scene, ultimately painting a vivid picture of this exciting, genre-bending, idiosyncratic time. Mixtape suggestions and fashion sidebars help fill out the fun. Participants include: Duran Duran, New Order, Tears for Fears, Adam and the Ants, Depeche Mode, INXS, Simple Minds, Soft Cell, Yaz, A-ha, Berlin, Psychedelic Furs, Joy Division, ABC, Echo and the Bunnymen, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, The Waitresses, and more!

About the Authors
A veteran magazine editor and writer, Lori Majewski was a cofounder and editor in chief of Teen People, and an executive editor of Entertainment Weekly and Us Weekly. She has contributed to the Guardian, Women's Health,, and more.

Jonathan Bernstein is the author of, among other titles, Pretty in Pink: The Golden Age of Eighties Teenage Movies. He has contributed to the Guardian, Spin, Rolling Stone, and the Face and is also a screenwriter of the feature films Just My Luck, The Spy Next Door, Max Keeble's Big Move, and Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector.
Venue Information:
Rough Trade NYC
64 N 9th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11249