Book review: Please Please Tell Me Now – The Duran Duran Story by Stephen Davis

Please Please Tell Me Now - The Duran Duran Story by Stephen Davis

Hachette Books [Publication date 15.07.21]

Renowned American music biographer Stephen Davis is probably best known for the excellent “Hammer of The Gods” Led Zeppelin biography, but he has also written outstanding books on the likes of Aerosmith, Guns n Roses and Bob Marley. His latest effort is “Please Please Tell Me Now- The Duran Duran Story”.

As the 1980’s exploded into a mix of fashion, vibrant colour, music and film, one British band cleaned up worldwide, going on to sell over 100 million albums in a career that has now lasted over 40 years. With their clever mix of pop and rock, you could dance to the songs, sing along choruses and generally have a good time, no wonder Duran Duran cracked the US market so massively. Davis has done what he does best here as he tells the band’s fascinating story, with the book featuring exclusive interviews with the band and unseen photos from their own personal archives throughout.

I have been a fan of Duran Duran since the release of their first album, and for me, there is not another band that epitomises the era so well, and with “Please Please Tell Me Now- The Duran Duran Story” Davis has managed to do that thing where a well written book can instantly transport you right back to a moment in time. *****

Review by Nikk Gunns

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