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‘On the hunt down after you’ Bellevue man’s book highlights fan’s memories of band Duran Duran by Allison DeAngelis

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s I sat in Bel-Red Storage waiting for Bellevue resident Andy Golub, an employee asked who I was waiting for. “Andy,” I said. “Oh, you mean Durandy,” he replied. Golub — or Durandy, as he’s sometimes known — is well-known. Over the years, he has become the unofficial source on all things Duran Duran. Dozens of devotees have visited Golub’s collection of band mementos, which include over 14,000 pages of articles about the band, 2,950 postcards, 2,000 posters, 180 books, and untold buttons, stickers, bags and even a condom. Fellow fan Jen Walsh called the collection her mecca. When aficionados enter the small room where Golub stores his items, he can see the emotion hit them. “I didn’t really absorb the emotional impact the band had on people’s lives until they started to visit,” Golub said. “The really poignant stories are never just about the band … People really measure their lives around the music — it’s a common thread that binds us.” That’s precisely why Golub’s new book, “The Music Between Us: Concert Ads of Duran Du

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ran,” is all about the fan’s experience and memories. Though the fan group’s collective age increases, there are untold numbers of Duran Duran fans whose love for the band will never die. Fans often associate Duran Duran with the excitement of youth — giddy groups of friends at slumber parties, squirreling away allowance money for the latest record or magazine. The music reminds her of the best part of her childhood, Christine Born reflected. While reliving which song sold them on the band — “New Moon on Monday!” No, “Rio!” — the group filling Golub’s archive space seems to briefly return to their youth. They chatter over the Russian nesting dolls hand-painted to look like the band that one of the women had just received in the mail. But many others also found support and inspiration at darker times in their lives. Being a male Duran Duran fan was hell, Golub said, but it taught him about selfconfidence and believing in his interests. During the strain of adolescence, Julie Abraham found solace in the band. The music resonated on a profound level with her and where she was in life, as if she had unknowingly been waiting for them, she said. “The same way a blanket fort can magically protect you from the physical world, the music of Duran Duran protected me from the real world,” said Abraham. Decades after they arrived on the world stage, fans continue to add memories. Following a 2008 miscarriage, Walsh got strength from meeting the band after a show, she said. The members of Duran Duran reached out to one fan during his slow recovery after being hit by a drunk driver. After years in an abusive marriage during which she felt unsafe to have independent interests, Abraham felt fragile and nearly broken. Her second husband had to persuade her to attend her once-favorite band’s Seattle concert a few years ago. In the crowd that night, she found a piece of her old self. “My love for the band is so much more profound now. I feel like they had found me when I had been lost for a long time,” she said quietly. Golub conducted interviews with fans around the world for the book. One Italian fan Golub was interviewing over Skype became so emotional while talking about the band and what they meant to her, she started crying. But the band has always had a strong following in the Pacific Northwest. The book even includes a memory from King County Executive Dow Constantine. A local band will be performing the album “Rio” in full at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern on Aug. 13, and the band themselves will play in shows in Washington in September. In the meantime, Golub and the many local “Duranimals” will wait eagerly, “Hungry Like the Wolf.”

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here are some ideas that are ubiquitous with renaissance faires. Corsets, mead, jousts, and giant turkey legs all immediately come to mind. While the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire still indulges in these classic traditions, over the course of their seven-year run they’ve created one of the most progressive and forward-thinking events in the genre. Taking place over the first three weekends of August at Kelley Farms in Bonney Lake, the event offers everything from proclaiming forsooths to a period-appropriate Frank N. Furter. “We are by far the most interactive Renaissance Faire you could experience,” says Voice of the Faire, Charles Parnell/Count Vidor. “ I mean, you can come to our show and learn how to fence or be a pikemen, get knighted by the Queen and then be pulled on stage to perform as Maid Marion. And that’s just a small part of it.” These types of moments are indicative of the Faire’s more “traditional” aspects, which boasts all the jousts and jesters that have permeated into the public conscious. Yet, it doesn’t stop there. During the evening, WMRF ventures into bold and eclectic performances. New this year is Vidor’s Vixxens, a drag show on the first weekend that pays homage to the art form’s roots as well as to its modern day incarnation. Incorporating drag into the Faire has been a goal of Parnell’s for years now, he himself performing at Cucci’s Cake Batter show in Bremerton as Indika Haze. Now he’s finally able to bring his Cake Batter cohorts into the Renaissance fold. He notes that during the Middle Ages, it was considered inappropriate for a woman to appear on stage. Instead, men would wear women’s clothing for performances - thus making WMRF an obvious place to host a performance. “At our show, on August 6th, we keep with the Shakespearean tradition,” Parnell explains. “The first set will be a homage to the Renaissance period, with the performers donning neck ruffs and traditional Elizabethan costuming. The second set is where the Queens will show their own personal drag style.” During the second weekend, WMRF will present their rendition of the cult-classic Rocky

Horror Picture Show. Fans of the film are likely familiar with the live reenactments that take place alongside screenings of the movie, but Parnell and his cast add an “old school” twist that’s seldom ever seen. Yes, this means pumpkin pants, codpieces, and neck ruffs. It adds a whole new meaning to doing “The Time Warp”. “With the show we have at WMRF, we take the traditional shadow cast and put everyone in Renaissance costumes, while utilizing Renaissance props,” Parnell says. “For example; Eddie, Meatloaf’s rockstar-inspired character, is played by Kyle Robinson, the head of our Jousting Troupe, The Seattle Knights, who comes out in full jousting armor.” The variety between the three weekends doesn’t just add flair and uniqueness to the typical faire, but it also helps to make WMRF an inclusive experience. It’s an idea that’s important to Parnell and the rest of the staff who run the event. It’s fostered their core audience and brought in newcomers who might have felt intimidated by the idea of a Renaissance Faire. “WMRF really strives to represent all different walks of Renaissance life while making sure every patron that walks through our doors feels like they are accepted and like no matter where they go on our site, they can be as much a part of the experience as they might hope,” Parnell says. Whether patrons are looking for turkey legs or high-kicking legs, WMRF has plenty to offer. Just don’t forget to pack your bloomers and corsets. Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire. August 6-7, 13-14, 20-21. The Kelley Farms. 20021 Sumner-Buckley Hwy E., Bonney Lake, Wash., 98391. www.washingtonfaire.com.


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