Putting the reader IN the moment on a trip back in time – Book Review of “Memoirs of a Go-Go Dancer” by Justin Sheedy
Review by Martin Zitek
The 1980s were a unique time in the evolution of mankind. Growing up in your formative years in this time meant you had only three options: 1) To live in constant fear of being immolated in a nuclear war. 2) To live in fear of catching AIDS and dying (unless you did absolutely nothing). 3) To Dance!
It is most fortunate for his legions of fans that Justin Sheedy chose to dance. In his latest book, “Memoirs of a Go-Go Dancer”, Justin shares with us so much that we may have forgotten of that era. He brings it all back to mind so poignantly and enthusiastically, with good timing and great humour, a true hallmark of a great story teller and great writer. Some scenes describing songs are truly poetic. Reconstructions of dance moves actually made your limbs feel it. The reader is there and sharing the moment so convincingly.
This book can easily be devoured in one sitting – or small bites if one is able to actually put the book down! For anyone who remembers the 80s it is a rolling romp through the fog of time. Making it as personal as Justin does is a real treat for us, the readers. We gain not just an insight into a boy becoming a man, but also of the times through which he lived that so influenced this progression.
We learn that despite the political, apocalyptic and contagion-related tensions of the world, people could still live! I thank Justin for taking us on this ride and sharing with us his portrait of the 1980s which is “Memoirs of a Go-Go Dancer”.
Martin Zitek, Sydney, January 2015
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