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When Andrew Golub hosts visitors to The Archive — the Bel-Red storage unit where he keeps his meticulously organized collection of Duran Duran memorabilia — one of the more frequent comments he says he receives is this:
“I wish I loved something as much as you love Duran Duran.”
Except Golub doesn’t just love Duran Duran. He loves sharing his love of the band, with fellow fans and uninitiated listeners alike. Even the shortest encounter with the excitable, punny Bellevue resident reveals him as perhaps the most positive and personable man you’ll ever meet.
Golub was first exposed to the Fab Five when he was an adolescent preparing for his bar mitzvah. It was the early ‘80s, and Duran Duran had just released their junior LP “Seven and the Ragged Tiger” in November 1983.
“‘The Reflex’ (the band’s most successful single, originally from the album) did it for me,” Golub said. “The syncopated rhythms, the cascading harmonies … it just all clicked. The video was amazing. It captured the fans at an Oakland concert in 1984. They all had such energy.”
Golub fell in love and, over the course of 30 years of networking and acquisition, he transformed into “Durandy,” a well known superfan and collector of Duran Duran memorabilia. Though his archive includes items like buttons and the official board game “Into the Arena” (“It has incredibly complicated rules,” he said. “(Fiance) Christine (Born) and I tried it once, and it just was not happening.”), Durandy specializes in the preservation of what’s known in the collecting world as paper ephemera — items like posters and concert programs not intended to survive beyond their useful life. He has perhaps the largest collection of Duran Duran ephemera in the world, at one time loaning a selection to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
On Dec. 6, Durandy leveraged his labor of love into a coffee table book.
“Beautiful Colors: The Posters of Duran Duran” is a photo history of the British rock band told in posters. It includes posters from their formation in 1978 to contemporary products, and artistic sensibilities ranging from punky, to glam to polished minimalism.
“Here’s one in the book that’s very funny and extremely rare, from early in their career,” he said, giggling as he pointed to a poster, with a penciled note above a group photo. “A record executive wrote ‘Lack of shaved heads; non-trendy.’”
The book is the product of a six-year labor of love by Golub, and he said he considers it a culmination of his work so far as a collector. It’s been approved by Duran Duran — even receiving a shout out on their Twitter account — and includes a foreword by band keyboardist Nick Rhodes.
Golub and Born, credited as photographer for the book, spent “endless weekends” carefully removing individual posters from The Archive to be photographed in a homegrown studio. Golub sought publication permissions from rights holders to the images, and used his reputation as Durandy to cultivate items too rare for even his collection.
“It takes, sometimes, some finagling and explanation that I’m not just a fan looking to put a poster in his bedroom,” he said. “Fortunately, tales of my archive go further than I would be able to myself.”