I have to admit that this summer has not been my happiest. I won’t go into details about why but there has been little fun and a lot of time feeling pretty lonely. As I explain to myself that this is temporary, I also seek out little joys, things that give me something to look forward to or provide me a few minutes of escape. Typically, the little joys include trying to make plans with friends, even if it is just for coffee, drinks or dinner. Another method I use is to shop. Now that only works if I don’t need to worry about money and what I’m buying is actually something I want. I’m not someone who can just hit the mall, buy a lot of stuff and feel better. Nope. The shopping therapy only works with something that I would long for. This summer, frankly, has had little of that, too, unfortunately. My bank account is happy but I remain in the funk. Then, finally, something caught my attention!!
Who has heard of the magazine, Classic Pop? Wikipedia describes it as a British music magazine. Over the years, I have enjoyed it as it typically covers a lot of artists from the 1980s. This means, of course, that Duran has been included, time-to-time. Does this mean that Duran is in the latest edition or something? Oh, it is more than that! Way more than that!
Classic Pop is celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary with a special edition! Well then! What does this include exactly? According to the magazine’s website, this includes the following:
“Inside, we explore the band’s roots in the New Romantic movement and take an in-depth look at their phenomenal success in the Eighties when they defined the decade with a string ofchart-topping hits across the globe. We also tell the story of their critical and commercial rebirth in the Nineties and bring things bang up-to-date with the band fully enshrined as elder statesmen of pop. Elsewhere, we profile the band’s best albums including the timeless Rio, Seven And The Ragged Tiger and Notorious plus we look through the lens at their blockbuster videos that shaped the MTV generation. We also hear from the band themselves through numerous archive interviews as well as a rare chat with former member Stephen Duffy. For your ultimate Duran Duran playlist, Classic Pop serves up the band’s Top 40 greatest songs.”
I didn’t need to read more. The description sold me in the first sentence. Did I also mention that it is 132 pages?! Double sold! So, how much is this going to cost me, I wonder, as I discover that there are choices! Oh no! Choices?! Now, I’m suddenly feeling a bit overwhelmed. What are the five choices?
Choice 1: Collector’s Bundle
Apparently, this special edition has two different covers. One is a 1980s cover and one includes a modern day picture. The collector’s bundle includes two copies, one of each cover. On top of that, you get 4 art cards. This packages costs $42.98 if in the U.S. or Canada and can be purchased here.
Choice 2: Cover 2 Fan Pack
This package includes a copy of the magazine with the modern day picture and the 4 arts cards. This costs $27.99 in the U.S. or Canada. Click here to buy.
Choice 3: Cover 1 Fan Pack
This is exactly like choice 2 except the cover includes the classic 1980s picture and can be bought here.
Choice 4: Cover 2
This choice is just the magazine itself. In this case, it has the modern day band picture. It is $15.99 for those in the U.S. and Canada and can be bought here.
Choice 5: Cover 1
This is just like choice 4 with the 1980s picture on the cover instead, which can be bought here.
Now, it should surprise no one that I indeed made a purchase. I have no idea how quickly this will arrive to my doorstep. That said, I promise that once it is in my hot little hands I will be covering it here by sharing my thoughts about the magazine as a whole and the various articles. What about the rest of you? Who has purchased a copy? Which one did you get?