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I was digging through a trunk of stuff from my past – old letters, photographs, school certificates, greeting cards, Duran Duran memorabilia, programs, newspaper clippings, magazines … Stop! Back up. Senizagam, sgnippilc repapswen, smargorp, ailibaromem naruD naruD … that’s far enough … Duran Duran memorabilia … that was my reason for being in the trunk.
I’ve known for some time that a Duran Duran book was written by Neil Gaiman. Being as how I’m a fan of both, I was curious about the particular Duran book Gaiman had written and whether it was one I had collected. First, I asked Katy, the official person to ask at Duran Duran’s website about such things. Here was her response:
I believe Neil’s book was written in 1984 – way before my time. Unfortunately, I don’t know much about it or where you can still get it – perhaps Ebay?
Nothing like making a girl (me!) feel old. (“Way before my time.” Sheesh!)
Today, I did a search on Google. I found the book on Amazon, of course. Here’s what it looks like:
And, dang! if I didn’t recognize that book. I’m sure it was one among the many I had to choose from when I was buying books about the band. This book is now worth $70. Not sure if that’s because of Duran Duran or Neil Gaiman, or maybe the combination of both. Gaiman discusses writing this book in an interview with Linda Richards in January Magazine.
While I obviously passed this book over, I did buy a few. The ones pictured below are still in my collection.
This last book is my favorite. I was drawn to it because it is filled with the band’s song lyrics and the foreword was written by Simon Le Bon. It was so special to me that I made a cover for it – you can see it peeking out from underneath – the pale blue on the left side. Under the book at the bottom of the photo is another piece of Duran memorabilia – a large cloth photo (probably a silkscreen) of the band. (It’s all folded up and not very exciting in this state.)
Note the date on all of the books, even Gaiman’s: 1984. This was the heyday of Duran Duran and apparently these publishers were trying to cash in on the band’s popularity.
In addition to the books, I have a couple of plain brown envelopes with official fan club memorabilia tucked inside. You’d think with the plain brown wrapping that Duran fans were being sent porn and you might be forgiven for thinking so if you had seen some of their early music videos. (Girls on Film, anyone?) But, no, the fan club items were tasteful and perfectly safe for the band’s legions of teenage groupies. Here’s what I got:
This magazine was in one envelope. It is from the Duran’s “Notorious” album era, when the band was down to three members. I’ve included the photo of Nile Rodgers for a reason, which I will reveal later in this post.
The other fan club envelope contains the following:
Inside this folder is …
Note the glossy photos of each of the band members. The other pieces are folded and have quite a lot of text on them.
In one of the envelopes I also have a membership card, but I forgot to take a picture of it. Of course I also have the band’s major albums up through “Notorious,” but I don’t keep those in the trunk and taking pictures of them seems superfluous what with the infinite series of tubes that is the internet.
What got me strolling down Duran Duran Memory Lane was a notice I received of a new follower on Twitter. When I looked at the name of the Twitterer, I said, “No way!” I simply couldn’t believe it. Nile Rodgers was following me. The first thing I did was confirm that my new follower was THE Nile Rodgers that I knew of because of his connection to Duran Duran. Sure enough, he appears to check out, although one has no guarantee on Twitter that people are who they say they are. (Darned impersonators!) Nile, however, has a link from his Twitter profile to his official website, so I’m fairly confident he’s the man.
The second thing I did, after confirming his identity, was to tweet this:
How is it that @nilerodgers has come to follow me?