In the '80s, the Birmingham, England, band Duran Duran became closely associated with new wave, an idiosyncratic genre that dominated the decade's music and culture. No album represented this rip-it-up-and-start-again movement better than the act's breakthrough 1982 LP, Rio. Via extensive new interviews with band members and other figures who helped Rio succeed, this book explores how and why Rio became a landmark pop-rock album, and examines how the LP was both a musical inspiration?and a reflection of a musical, cultural, and technology zeitgeist.
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Annie Zaleski is an award-winning freelance journalist, editor, and critic based in Cleveland, Ohio. Previously, she was on staff at the Riverfront Times and Alternative Press. Her profiles, interviews, and criticism have appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, NPR Music, The Guardian, Salon, Time, Billboard, The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Los Angeles Times, Stereogum, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Las Vegas Weekly. She also writes liner notes, including for the 2016 reissue of R.E.M.'s Out of Time.
1. The Road to Rio
2. Writing & Recording Rio
3. Why Rio Matters
4. Duran Duran, Video Mavens
5. Conquering America
7. Rio's Impact/Conclusion
Containing new interviews with four of the original five band members along with commentary from colleagues and former label execs and radio programmers of that period, the Rio book offers a behind-the-scenes making of the album and song analysis as well the record's enduring popularity decades later. * Forbes * With new music on the horizon from Duran Duran in 2021, it's illuminating to look back to the exciting moment where the song that broke them in the U.S., "Hungry Like the Wolf," started to happen. * Salon * Engaging cultural history, told from a perspective of fondness but with a clear journalistic eye. * Spectrum Culture * Author Annie Zaleski dives deep into the album's history, creation and legacy, including interviews with the band themselves. * Sydney's Daily Telegraph * Excellent... offers a fresh insight into this classic record. * Choice *
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