Remain in Love Hardcover – 21 July 2020
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[Remain in Love] has great storytelling and amazing detail about adventures that Chris and I have shared in our parallel universes. As the Brits say: I'm gobsmacked. I devoured this book and all the memories and all the love Chris has for Tina . . . One of the most potent examples of living the dream -- Debbie Harry, musician and author of 'Face It'
Crackling with verve, comedy, calamity, crisp detail, forward motion, and abiding affection, speckled with an all-star cast of punk legends and pop idols, Chris Frantz's Remain in Love is a rock music memoir like none other--a candy kiss with a kick to it. From the grime and tumult of CBGB to the Valhalla gloriosky of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Remain in Love gives the reader a magic carpet ride on the Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club express. It is also a valentine to Frantz's wife, creative partner, and bass guitarist in excelsis, Tina Weymouth, before whom we all gladly curtsey -- James Wolcott, author of the memoir 'Lucking Out'
This swift-paced, well written book has the upbeat tone of dreams coming true. Frantz conveys the excitement of his adventures from boyhood to art school to international rock-stardom with honesty and enthusiasm. He didn't miss much in these cherished years. That he managed to keep his joyous spirit alive (and "remain in love") as his various bands accelerate across the globe is a testament to his intelligence and decency. I dare any drummer to write a better book! -- Duncan Hannah, author of '20th Century Boy'
Heads and drums and funk and roll: herewith Chris Frantz outs himself as a Writing Head and Raconteur First Class, bringing it on an engaging narrative which combines an enchanting love story with an eye-opening disquisition on the upsides and downsides of being in bands with unsual people -- Charles Shaar Murray, author of 'Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and Post-War Pop'
I commend Remain in Love to discerning rock fans everywhere, Observer
Frantz has done an effective job of rebalancing the Talking Heads story, offering an angle on the band that fans will relish, Sunday Times
A revealing inside account of the highs and lows of a band who looked and sounded like nobody else -- Olivia Laing, Guardian
a memoir as sharp and sometimes caustic as the music they made, Daily Express
Amidst the bad blood, Frantz offers charming detail of the band's early years, Uncut
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Well it took me several spins of the somewhat weighty American vinyl on my turntable for my ears to adjust to David Byrne's unusually harsh staccato..esq vocalisations. However I persisted with the album solely on the basis of my immediate admiration for the impressive rhythm section the band had. Clean, neat and funky. For me it was this rhythm section that made the band something extra special and unique. Talking Heads soon became, and to this day still are, one of my favourite bands.
This book is essentially the inside story of that great rhythm duo. Told by Mr Franz from his perspective, but without any of the over elaboration, self promotion or self importance so many of these auto biographies tend to suffer from. Franz comes across as a real Gent, who worked hard to achieve his dream.......both in music and in love. Generous to, and appreciative of those around him, while not sulking or pontificating with unproductive bitterness over some of the injustices he and Tina put up with during their Talking Heads days........just a little clarification here and there...... and the odd dig!
Chris Franz writes in a very straight forward and unpretentious style, relaying lots of inside stories about himself, Tina Weymouth and the various supporting characters they've encountered throughout their musical and romantic journey together. Impressively Mr F appears to have an exceptional memory for detail, as he recalls just about every meal eaten, every street walked down and every hotel he stayed in from the 1970's onward.
While writing this review I realise that Chis and Tina have been together as lovers, and in parallel as a musical team, for the best part of 50 years. A pretty amazing achievement in the hedonistic world of rock n roll. There must be something in those rhythms and beats they create! Well done both.....and thank you Chris for a great read.
Chris Frantz seems to adhere to some Southern gentlemanly behaviours and I wonder if that is what annoyed him so much about Byrne. He's just not a gentleman in dealing with people. Perhaps Frantz needs some more understanding of people 'on the spectrum' as he alludes Byrne to be on. Byrne's subsequent solo career is pretty impressive. Another slight criticism is the need to describe any woman with an adjective about her beauty or elegance. They are always positive but he certainly doesn't say the 'gorgeous Steven Scales' at any point either!
There are some great fun encounters on the way. Johnny Ramone gets a rough ride but to be honest he doesn't come across well in any book I've read about him. Surprisingly little to say about Jerry Harrison though.
I love reading about the early years of any group, especially one as constantly innovative and exciting as the Talking Heads at their peak.