When a professional interviewer/radio host conducts an interview with another professional interviewer/radio host, you know it's going to be an interesting conversation - especially when one interviewer hosts a show celebrating Canadian writing, and the second interviewer recently wrote a best-selling Canadian novel. Still with me? This is exactly the kind of interesting discussion held between The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers and Q's Jian Ghomeshi. Jian sat down with Shelagh during the 2012 International Festival of Authors earlier in October to talk about his memoir 1982.
1982 charts a then 14-year-old Jian and his desire to be David Bowie, told via ten stories - each titled by a different song. Jian's obsession for the hugely influential English musician not only was mirrored in his wardrobe choices ("pointy black boots, eyeliner, liberal application of hair gel") but defined his life. In the book, Jian takes on the persona of Bowie as he tries to figure out his way of cool.
Take a listen to the special extended conversation between Shelagh and Jian as he takes her back to 1982 which aired on The Next Chapter yesterday (Dec. 3):