Q host Jian Ghomeshi will relive the era of the mixed tape, the invention of the Commodore 64, and life before the 24-news cycle when he brings his memoir-esque new book, 1982, to the Lincoln Alexander Centre in Hamilton on Oct. 19.
1982 hit bookshelves Monday.
The book is the former Moxy Fruvous frontman's first foray into publishing. Part memoir, part re-imagining of his youth, he classified the 276-page tome as “creative non-fiction” in an interview with CBC News.
He puts the more flexible genre down to his “foggy memories” and “some embellishment.” But at bottom, 1982 is “my story and it's my story of one year. It isn't so much a life story or a memoir as a coming-of-age year and a really intense look at just how pathetic Jian was, and may still be.”
In 1982, a 14-year-old Ghomeshi was a self-described outsider, a first generation Persian-Canadian growing up in a largely white middle-class neighbourhood in Thornhill, Ont.
To the horror of his Iranian parents, the awkward teen wanted to be David Bowie. Ghomeshi conceded that youthful desire is at the root of the story.
“It's based on a 14-year-old who wants to be Bowie. That was me,” he said.
Song titles act as chapter headings in the book, revealing how entwined music and memory is for the former musician. Some of the song titles that act as chapter headings are Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (AC/DC) and Under Pressure (David Bowie and Queen).
The book also chronicles the young Bowie wannabe's struggles with first love, fitting in and struggling against conformity — all set against the soundtrack of Joan Jett, Bowie and Tears for Fears.
Ultimately, the book is the public personality's way of offering fans a look into his private life.
“One hope that I have with this book is that it'll show another side of me that if you only know me as the Q guy or the musician side you might not have seen, “ said Ghomeshi.
Tickets for the Oct. 19 event are $20 and can be purchased in-person from Bryan Prince Bookseller or at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas.
With files from CBC News