More About the Author
I am Jonathan Bernstein. Not the crisis management expert. Not the guy who writes about helicopters. Or the one who knows about sector trading. Or any of the other ones that come up when you--or,more likely, I--look for Jonathan Bernstein. Not that I'm insulted when any of their names pop up. It gives me a second of feeling like an intelligent accomplished person of experience and ability. And then I look at my own list of published works and that feeling swiftly evaporates.
I am of little help in a crisis. Unless it's a crisis involving obscure 80s teen movies.I wrote a book about that called Pretty In Pink: The Golden Age of Teenage Movies. So my credentials are pretty good in that arena. Or if it's a problem to do with teenage superheroes who shoot fire from their fingers when they're upset. I've written two novels about that very subject. One called Hottie, the other, it's sequel Burning Ambition.
My new book, Bridget Wilder: Spy-In-Training--the first in a trilogy, so there's a good chance she'll be done with her training before long-- coms out this September. It's about an unnoticed, underestimated 13 year-old girl who finds out that her biological father is a legendary spy of international renown and fearsome reputation. She also finds out that her existence is as much of a shock to him as his is to her. He wants to get to know his daughter and decides the best way to do that is to get her involved with the family business, i.e: spying. He kits her out with all manner of cool gadgets and weapons that make her super-fast and agile, that give her the ability to decry when people are lying, and that allow her to shoot laser beams from a tune of lip balm. Bridget displays a real aptitude for spying. Which is good news because she's about be plunged into a world where no one is what they seem and nothing anyone says or does can be trusted.
Currently, I'm co-author, along with my friend Lori Majewski, of the book Mad World: An Oral History Of The New Wave Artists And Songs That Defined The 1980s. That's a laborious subtitle. But it's not a laborious book. It features interviews with a whole platoon of the biggest stars of the last great period of pop music: the 1980s.
Mad World features chapters on Adam & The Ants, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode New Order, The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen, OMD, ABC, Bow Wow Wow, Thomas Dolby, INXS, Simple Minds, Dexys Midnight Runners, Thompson Twins, Berlin, Modern English, Howard Jones, Heaven 17 and a lot more.
I started writing about music at the end of the eighties for magazines like The Face and Blitz. I went on to work at Spin and have contributed to publications like Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Telegraph and Interview.
I also had a hand in writing screenplays for such modern classics as Jackie Chan's The Spy Next Door, Just My Luck starring Lindsay Lohan, Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector and Max Keeble's Big Move.
I was born in Glasgow, Scotland, moved to New York and currently reside in Los Angeles.