Duran Duran's Rio: 33 1/3

Autor Annie Zaleski
en Limba Engleză Paperback – iul 2021
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. A cohesive album with a retro-futuristic sound-influences include danceable disco, tangy funk, swaggering glam, and Roxy Music's art-rock-the full-length sold millions and spawned smashes such as "Hungry Like the Wolf" and the title track. However, Rio wasn't a success everywhere at first; in fact, the LP had to be buffed-up with remixes and reissued before it found an audience in America. The album was further buoyed by colorful music videos, which established Duran Duran as leaders of an MTV-driven second British Invasion, and the group's cutting-edge visual aesthetic. 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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ISBN-13: 9781501355189
ISBN-10: 150135518X
Pagini: 184
Dimensiuni: 121 x 165 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.18 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Seria 33 1/3

Locul publicării:New York, United States


Analyzes Rio with a critical eye, and gives Duran Duran's music (and musicians) respect-something that's still hard to find, as many still consider them merely a teen-pop band.

Notă biografică

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.


Introduction1. The Road to Rio2. Writing and Recording Rio3. Why Rio Matters4. Duran Duran, Video Pioneers5. Winning Over US Radio6. 1983: The Year of Duran Duran7. Rio's Impact and ResonanceAcknowledgmentsBibliographyIndex


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.
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.
Engaging cultural history, told from a perspective of fondness but with a clear journalistic eye.
Author Annie Zaleski dives deep into the album's history, creation and legacy, including interviews with the band themselves.
Excellent. offers a fresh insight into this classic record.