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Remember the 80s: Now That's What I Call Nostalgia Hardcover – 29 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Portico (29 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906032122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906032128
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An acid-washed trip down memory lane." "American Way""

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Richard Evans has been working in music PR and management for nearly ten years - he has worked as International Promotions Manager for London Records and as Senior Manager of Talent and Music for MTV Europe. He has appeared on several radio stations, including Radio 1 and XFM as a reporter, interviewee and DJ. Richard runs the world's most popular 80s website Remember TheEighties.com, which receives more than a million hits per month and distributes its newsletter to 18,000 people per week. He also runs his own record label - This Is Not Retro, on which he releases new music from classic 80s pop and rock acts. Richard lives in Langton Matravers, Dorset.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mick Lynch on 19 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
As Children of the 80s, we all like to think we knew everything about this exciting decade that we lived through our teens, but do we really know everything? Why were compact discs 74 minutes in length? What were the second and third videos ever played on MTV? What does V.H.S. stand for? What's the difference between New Wave and New Romantic? And where did Simple Minds take their name from? If you don't know the answers to these, and I'm only scratching the surface here, then `Remember The 80s - Now That's What I Call Nostalgia' is a must for you.
The complete decade is dealt with and researched in great detail here. The opening page of each year is a snapshot of that year and there's more information here than I learnt in secondary school. Just from this page alone, you'd do so well in any pub quiz.
The great thing here is, it's not all music. While each year does include the no. 1 albums and singles in the UK for that year, there are also movies, interviews and memorabilia sprinkled amongst the text which adds great colour throughout.
So much of this book will bring you right back. Who Shot J.R? E.T., Falklands War, Trivial Pursuit, Commodore 64, Maggie Thatcher, Pacman, Fame, Betamax, The Simpsons, and the Berlin Wall. It's all here, and we haven't even touched on the music.
Band Aid, Kylie & Jason, The Tube, Ryan Paris, Acid House, Strawberry Switchblade, Live Aid, and Stock Aiken & Waterman are all included here. There's even an 80s icon singled out for each year including Adam Ant, Toyah Wilcox and A-ha to name but three, and there's exclusive interviews with the majority of these icons.
To give the book an objective point of views, there's genuine comments and memories from many of the readers of the authors website remember the eighties.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark West on 2 Jun. 2009
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Taking the lead from Richard's website of the same name, this memoir/nostalgia-fest/almanac is really great fun. Each year is assigned a chapter, starting with a `snapshot' of events, followed by a comprehensive essay on the music released (covering most genres). There's then a smaller essay, about a key event, details of film and TV shows and number one singles and albums charts, with the chapter wrapping up on an interview with an icon from that particular year. Interspersed throughout are thoughts and comments from the website visitors and plenty of illustrations, a good amount of which focus on memorabilia (badges mainly), many of which brought a warm smile of recognition from me. Mr Evans is 2 years older than me, but a lot of his memories coincided with mine (Can-Can at the school disco - yes!) and reading this book was like taking a long, pleasurable walk with an old friend, chewing over past events. Well written, clearly laid-out and full of passion for the decade, this is a must-have for anyone who came of age in the 80s!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caroline on 8 July 2009
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I was given this as a gift and thought it was brilliant. As a child of the second half of the eighties I loved reminising about Terence Trent D'Arby and A-Ha!! But the book is much more than just a music book and covers a range of popular culture and historic events of the period - from Margaret Thatcher and the fall of the Berlin Wall to Baywatch, Dirty Dancing & the Brat Pack. Would definitely recommend it as a great read and a great gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. Clansey on 26 Mar. 2010
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What a great book, ideal birthday gift, great pictures and inforamtion from the 80's. Thick book and bigger than I thought, very pleased with it
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By KARL SHERIDAN on 24 Oct. 2013
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The book is more orientated to pop music of the era than looking back at the 80's. I would have expected it to have included other more domestic things, but nevertheless if you're into music its fine.
I suppose that the title should have given me an indication as to the content.
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