The documentary part of the DVD is not very long, a mere eleven plus minutes. Yet, it is jammed packed with discussion topics. The documentary title is Duran Duran 2011. It goes through the previous year, including highlights, Simon losing his voice, the live band, the Girl Panic video and a summary. Of course, there are more specific topics that can be pulled out. For example, when they discussed the live band, they talked about Dom and Dom spoke. The only people who spoke in the documentary where Simon, Nick, Roger, John and Dom. So, certainly, there could be a discussion surrounding Dom’s role, his place in the band, etc. Another topic that could be discussed would be the highlights given. The band talked about Coachella, Unstaged with David Lynch, and American festivals. We could discuss if we agree with those highlights, why the band might think those were the highlights, etc. Of course, there was a great bit of attention given to Simon’s vocal problems in the summer of 2011. Again, I have to ask. Are those not worthy topics? Are we tired of talking about Simon’s vocal difficulties? Do we not want to look back to 2011? Is our fan community focused more on the present and the future? That could be. After all, the band, themselves, seem to focus on the present and the future much more. Yet, as a historian, I see the value of looking at the past and analyzing it. After all, hindsight can make a big difference in how we see something. Then, of course, there is the discussion of Dom and his role in the band. I know how passionate people are about Duran’s guitarist no matter which guitarist one is loyal to. That said, isn’t it worth a discussion?
As someone who likes dive into everything Duran, I propose that we tackle the topics that I presented, the topics that Duran included in the documentary. I wish go through topic by topic in the coming weeks. I am hoping that everyone has a chance to rewatch the documentary or watch it for the first time before I dive into these items of discussion. It is also very likely that I have missed a topic. Thus, I welcome suggestions for topics. While this blog is mine and Rhonda’s, it is also a place for all fans. Maybe, you not only have a topic from the documentary to discuss but you want to lead the discussion. I would welcome that. After all, a lot of people are probably sick to death of what Rhonda and I. Next week, I will start the documentary discussion on 2011 highlights. As part of this discussion, I plan on not only talking about the band’s highlights but my personal highlights related to Duran as there were many. I will ask you to do the same.