PERFORMING ARTS

Where Do I Begin? Stories from a Life Lived Out Loud

Atria. Oct. 2019. 288p. ISBN 9781982106331. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781982106355. MEMOIR
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While Duran has headed Z100’s Elvis Duran and the Morning Show for more than 20 years, he was no overnight success. Long before the nationally syndicated radio show, with its millions of listeners, Duran was a little kid in a Dallas suburb who fell in love with radio. His first foray into broadcasting ended with his home-built transmitter setting fire to his bedroom closet. However, Duran wasn’t derailed, and at 14 he got his first job at a radio station. Soon he was darting around the country, landing and losing jobs before winding up in New York City. The stories here are humorous, with some heartbreaks, including drug- and alcohol-fueled shenanigans. The bulk of the book is set at Z100, with Duran explaining the show’s evolution (September 11 changed his perspective on the program’s purpose). He takes readers backstage, illustrating the less glamorous side of show business and presenting celebrities as ordinary people with extraordinary jobs.
VERDICT Duran’s success stems from his ability to connect personally with celebrities and listeners. Here he connects with readers through heartfelt remembrances and hilariously filthy tirades that are sure to please his national fan base.

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