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1982 [Hardcover]

Jian Ghomeshi
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Sept. 18 2012

Amazon.ca Editors' Pick: Best Books of 2012

In 1982 the Commodore 64 computer was introduced, Ronald Reagan survived being shot, the Falkland War started and ended, Michael Jackson released, Thriller, Canada repatriated its Constitution, and the first compact disc was sold in Germany. And that’s not all. In 1982 I blossomed from a naive fourteen-year-old trying to fit in with the cool kids to something much more: a naive eyeliner-wearing, fifteen-year-old trying to fit in with the cool kids.

So writes Jian Ghomeshi in this, his first book, 1982. It is a memoir told across intertwined stories of the songs and musical moments that changed his life. Obsessed with David Bowie ("I wanted to be Bowie,” he recalls), the adolescent Ghomeshi embarks on a Nick Hornbyesque journey to make music the centre of his life. Acceptance meant being cool, and being cool meant being Bowie. And being Bowie meant pointy black boots, eyeliner, and hair gel. Add to that the essential all-black wardrobe and you have two very confused Iranian parents, busy themselves with gaining acceptance in Canada against the backdrop of the revolution in Iran.

It is a bittersweet, heartfelt book that recalls awkward moments such as Ghomeshi’s performance as the “Ivory” in a school production of Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney’s Ebony and Ivory; a stakeout where Rush was rehearsing for its world tour; and a memorable day at the Police picnic of 1982. Music is the jumping-off place for Ghomeshi to discuss young love, young heartache, conformity, and the nature of cool. At the same time, 1982 is an entertaining cultural history of a crazy era of glam, glitter, and gender-bending fads and fashions. And it is definitely the first rock memoir by a Persian-Canadian new waver.

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"Heartfelt and well told tales of Lolas and Golden Star burgers and escaping the suburbs with one's dreams intact." - Geddy Lee, RUSH

“1982 is a funny and compelling read … a nostalgic love letter to the 1980s …examining the meaThning of cool, and the role music plays in who we become and who we love.” - The Globe and Mail

“A truly great read.” - Toronto Star

“[1982] is equal parts an exercise in Generation X nostalgia … romantic comedy and coming-of-age tale.” - National Post

About the Author

Jian Ghomeshi is a broadcaster, writer, musician, and producer. He is the host of the national talk program Q on CBC Radio One and CBC TV. The show, which he co-created in 2007, now has the largest audience of any cultural affairs program in Canada. Ghomeshi was a member of the multi-platinum-selling Canadian folk-rock group Moxy Früvous. Born in England of Iranian descent and raised in Canada, Ghomeshi now lives in Toronto.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book should not have been published. Oct. 22 2012
By Laura
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was terrible. The content was weak and repetitive. It constantly stated the obvious "In 1982, we didn't have facebook". Also, I'm not sure who this book is written for; people who were alive in 1982, people who are 15 now? I would not recommend this book to either of those groups. This book could have been shortened to a nice little essay suitable for the Walrus and it would have been lovely, but instead Jian (and his publishers) got greedy and took a little bit of content and streched it over 270 painful pages. If anyone other than Jian Ghomeshi wrote the book, then it would have never been published,
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad... July 2 2013
By Jo
Format:Kindle Edition
I was looking forward to this book both as a fan of Jian Ghomeshi and being a child of the 80s. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed. The book truly lacked substance. For example, to go on for 2 pages in Chapter 1 about the types of sprinklers people had in Thornhill was truly pathetic. I did finish it, but I found myself skimming through portions of it in the hopes that it was going to get better, but sadly, it didn't.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Awww... Jian... June 28 2013
By Maria C
I love Jian Ghomeshi! I really do. I listen to Q every morning and I am always amazed at the high quality and standard he consistently adheres to. I was also lucky to once meet Jian in person and he does not disappoint there either. He is pleasant, intelligent and amazingly generous with his time.

So... I could not wait to dive into this book. Sadly I have to admit to being quite disappointed. I tried to love it and I did enjoy some of the 80's nostalgia and had a few giggles of the "yeah...that was totally the way it was" variety. But the honest truth is... It is just not very good. How can a man who is so good with words on the radio write something like this? It sounds a bit like a 15-year-old's unedited diary. Too bad!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So predictable. May 22 2013
LMAO at all who paid for this book. I admire Jian's interviewing skills.
His essays make me ill and i am offended that he can preach to us on a public
network. A classic example of hubris. This book was exactly as i expected, crap !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK Book March 27 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Was expecting a little more after all the hype. I am not loving the book and will likely not finish it.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Golden Boy Reveals Clay Feet Oct. 14 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Full disclosure: I'm heavily invested in the author of this memoir. I listen to Jian Ghomeshi's popular CBC radio show, Q, five mornings a week, and am impressed--no amazed--at his ability to maintain such a consistently high standard. Jian is not only a sterling interviewer--asking all the questions you want answered--but prodigiously well informed. Where does he get the time to read all that stuff? I find myself wondering. The affable talk show host not only seems to work his butt off but exhibits taste, insight, humor, generosity, and guts. His handling of the Billie Bob Thornton debacle was an admirable example of grace under fire. And the radio gig is not Gomer's first rodeo. Prior to becoming a semi-famous talk jock, he fronted a semi-famous boy band. When I heard that this multi-talented dude had published a soon-to-be-best-selling memoir I asked myself, Is there nothing this guy can't do?

Now I know the answer.

Forget the $15.00, I want my illusions back!

Though I hate to agree with the reviewer who used the words "boring and childish" those two adjectives do fit rather snugly. This memoir about the fourteenth year of the author's eventful life reads like it was written for fourteen year olds. Immature fourteen year olds. (Would you believe twelve year olds?) 1982 was the year a sensitive teenage Iranian-Canadian suffered a life-altering trauma - he lost his Adidas bag. (I'm not making this up.) Lest the reader think the loss of a fake leather security blanket on the verge of manhood is of no great moment, the author takes pains to illustrate that not all gym bags are created equal.
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By Mona
I'm a huge fan of Jian Ghomeshi's radio program "Q", and think he is one of the smartest, most genuine media personalities out there. His interviewing style is brilliant, and the Q essays always make you think.

That said, he really disappointed me with this book. It was very clear from beginning to end that he had a VERY poor editor (this person should be fired), and that his Canadian celeb status is what led to the publishing of the book, because it has minimal literary merit on its own. While the description of the 80s was funny at times, the writing prose was very repetitive and redundant. This style could have worked if he was reading this over the radio, but in written form, it sounded amateur.

A memoir should recall interesting people in your life, and your memories of them should bring them alive with focus and clarity, and make you feel like you know them by the end of the book. Ghomeshi's book depicted all of the characters in his life as very flat, one-dimensional people. His mother was described repeatedly, in three to four paragraphs, "as very polite" and "very nice". His sister Jila he never really describes at all, other than her being a theatre student. No conversations, conflicts, moments of bonding ever discussed. His father has more descriptors than the other two, but even then its very flat.

Finally, the intended audience of the book is confusing. He writes in the narrative style of a 14-year old, and while many authors have done this successfully (the perspective of a youth can expose the hypocrisies and quirks of adults in a very sharp way), in this book it comes across as juvenile, almost as if you are being talked down to.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment
Status: Read. Well, no, actually - made myself read 100 pages, but it didn't improve, so I stopped. Wish I hadn't read any of it - I quite enjoy Jian Ghomeshi as an interviewer and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Beth Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm...
I am puzzled about why a person would think that others would want to read through 300 pages about normal adolescent life. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars Be fair.... I loved it!
The reviews of this book are so harsh. There are repetitive moments, but truly, if you love music and remember the eighties, you will love this book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by mamatoabc
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
I enjoyed this book very much. Fun stories with some poignant moments. Some reviewers have noted that it can be repetitive, which is true, but if you read the chapters as... Read more
Published 8 months ago by to416
5.0 out of 5 stars If you were ever a teenager and if you were ever obsessed with music,...
As a teenager, I was obsessed with music. Most of us are at that age. But few of us turn their obsessions into fulfilling, inspiring, careers. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Andreina Romero
2.0 out of 5 stars More Bookish Thoughts...
Inoffensive and genial, humourous and humble, probing but easy-going, Jian Ghomeshi epitomizes the ideal radio host. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Reader Writer Runner
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 stars for "not impressed so far"
Haven't actually read this book, but just reading the product description on this page was enough to turn me off. Michael Jackson's and Paul McCartney's "Ebony and Ivory"??? Read more
Published 18 months ago by Shelley J. Woods
1.0 out of 5 stars Jian Ghomeshi 1982 is complete garbage
I have to think the only way to enjoy this book is if you are already sold on Ghomeshi. Most intelligent readers will think Ghomeshi is incredibly arrogant, and snotty. Read more
Published 19 months ago by sensible reader
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