For the rock stars that Rob Sheffield writes about, there is a lot of God, but not much church attendance. From Depeche Mode or Bob Dylan, you learn that God is a big deal — but you will not find much support for weekend rituals that require fighting a hangover to rise early.
Mr. Sheffield, who writes for Rolling Stone, feels otherwise. His second memoir, “Talking to Girls About Duran Duran,” published by Dutton in July, not only contains important observations about the Go-Go’s, Tone Loc and New Kids on the Block. It also explains why a literate suburban teenager might become a major fan of both rock ’n’ roll and regular Catholic Mass — how those sacred experiences are not opposed, like Satan and God, but united by one sensibility.