With the advent of twitter and Facebook, fans today have unprecedented access to their idols. This wasn’t so in the 80’s. If you wanted to get close to your favorite band or singer you went to their show. But if you were a die-hard might find yourself camping outside the venue hoping for an autograph. The elite die-hards would somehow know which hotel the band was holed up in and would camp outside hoping for a glimpse, an autograph or if you were very lucky, a hug and a photo. While larger bands had official fan clubs, the smaller ones had fanzines run by the most devoted fans. They would keep everyone up to date on the latest sightings or activities between albums. That seems so quaint in a time where we can literally track our favorite stars via our phones 24/7 but for many it was an obsession and became the bedrock for their music obsession. Andrew Golub knows this all too well.
A self professed Durandy his love of Duran Duran has burned bright for decades with no sign of dimming. His latest book; The Music Between Us: Concert Ads of Duran Duran is memorabilia taken from Andrew’s massive private collection along with memories submitted by fans all over the globe. Their recollections of frenzied efforts to see the band or lock eyes with John Taylor onstage help bring depth to the pages of posters, passes and ads spanning the band’s several decades as pop stars. The result is a time capsule of a different era where posters on walls and stickers in lockers showed your proud allegiance to your favorite band no matter the genre. The layouts and graphic design of the ads presented in the book remind us of just how cutting edge Duran Duran was deemed in the 80’s. Sure it looks dated now but compared to their counterparts, DD were light years ahead of just about anyone else on MTV. The sometimes humorous, often times wistful fan recollections is a perfect slice of nostalgia for those of us who miss having to put in some legwork to prove we were the biggest fan. Also, it’s not to late to lock eyes with Simon as the band is still on tour. You never know.