Interviewing author Andrew Golub
Q. tell me about your self what are your favorite books to read?
A. I am a lifelong fan of Duran Duran who has somehow managed to channel a passion into a decades-long vocation - with aspirations of becoming a livelihood. After building a renowned archive of memorabilia, producing three exhibitions, and connecting with fans around the globe, I set out to raise the bar with two books on the band. The latest one focuses on celebrating the DD concert experience through fans’ personal memories.
The last book I read was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, which proved transformative on a personal level. I love learning about the journeys people take in their efforts to know themselves, to be comfortable in their own skin, and become their best self. I continue to enjoy my own evolution and be inspired by those around me, inside and outside the Duranie community.
Q2. When did you decide you were going to write a book?
A.I’ve always yearned to push myself in new directions, to give my fellow fans fresh perspective on their favorite band and truly utilize the archive I’ve established. My exhibitions, website, and other creative endeavors have been well-received, but I wanted something for fans to take home with them, to call their own. So in 2012, I selected specific posters from my collection and crafted a book around them, chronicling the band’s career, allowing the visuals to speak the loudest. I feel very proud to see fans regard my first book as something of a collector’s item since its release.
Q3.How did you come up with the name of your books?
A. My first book, Beautiful Colors: The Posters of Duran Duran, relied on strong, bold visuals to tell Duran Duran’s story. It seemed logical to choose a title that honored how important graphic design has always been to the band. One song title, Beautiful Colours, fit the book perfectly. I also think the title describes the rich, full spectrum of emotions that DD brings out in its audiences, a fiercely loyal fan base that has never swayed. It’s not just the band’s history my book celebrated, but that of the fans as well.
Similarly, my second book used a song lyric that seemed to sum up the powerful common experience shared by fans at a Duran Duran concert. From the moment the lights go down, to the last lingering notes of the encore, an entire arena remains captivated by this band, drawn together by timeless, beloved music. The Music Between Us: Concert Ads of Duran Duran felt well-suited for my follow-up.
Q4. What are you working on for 2019?
A. I have some projects I’m very excited about, although still shrouded in secrecy. There is great potential to raise the bar for the band’s upcoming 40th anniversary, and I look forward to doing everything I can to give the fans, and the band, a view to a thrill!
Q5. How long have you been writing?
A. How long have you been writing?
My first book was released in 2012, and I’ve been focused on taking my archive into new frontiers ever since. I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I do, earning the trust and support of the band and countless fans around the world. With DD-related endeavors, Duranies are notorious for being quite selective about what they give their approval to, so I’m constantly counting my blessings!
Q6. What advice would you give other authors?
A. I would suggest exploring anything they feel passionate about. That natural affection for the subject will carry them far, and keep their voice authentic throughout their writing. I find there are few things more compelling than seeing someone else’s passion play out in glorious fashion, and a book can be a wonderful showcase!
Q7.Where can people find you online?
A. I have a website which offers much of my collection to browse: durandy.com. I am also on Facebook, with my personal page:
I also have a page established for my second book, which offers a wealth of reviews and fun testimonials from happy Duranies:
Finally, there is a page set up for my Archive - "Durandy’s Archive" - offering a glimpse into what a visit entails and essentially inviting anyone who loves the band to schedule a trip over for some proper Duranie playtime!
Q8.Do you plan on making more books in the future?
A. I would so love to do a book someday that celebrates the band members’ individual endeavors over the years. Some really rare treasures could finally receive their time in the sun!
Q9.How many books have you written?
A.wo so far.
Q10. Did you go to college to be a writer?
A. I didn’t! I was born with a natural artistic talent, tending toward cartooning and graphic art. However, I emerged with a degree in Sociology, which could explain how much I enjoy connecting with people. I can’t think of anything else that forges bonds better than music, and no one else that knows this better than Duran Duran devotees.
I would like to say thank you to Andrew Golub for allowing me to interview him.