Michael Christopher is an author, DJ, journalist and music historian. A senior writer for the award-winning online magazine Vanyaland, where he was a founding member and later managing editor, he contributes regularly to Ultimate Classic RockLoudwire and LA Weekly. He also has a music and lifestyle column in The Daily Times, a newspaper in the Philadelphia metro region where his 'Rock Music Menu' has been a popular fixture since 2005. Michael's work has appeared in The Boston PhoenixBoston MagazineRockpile and Diffuser, and his first book, Depeche Mode FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the World's Finest Synth-Pop Band, is set to publish in the fall of 2020 via Backbeat Books. He lives in Boston, building a respectable vinyl collection.

Michael can be found at thechroniclesofmc.com


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Depeche Mode FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the World's Finest Synth-Pop Band

Backbeat, 2020

The preeminent synth-pop outfit for four decades, Depeche Mode have endured an ever-shifting musical landscape, rising above fads and battles with personal demons, somehow managing to retain a hold on the charts and the audience, the latter which continues to grow as new generations discover them and become “devotees.”

Depeche Mode FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the World's Finest Synth-Pop Band shows how a group of schoolmates influenced by the likes of Kraftwerk, Joy Division, and mid-period David Bowie carved out their own musical niche until they became one of the most influential bands to come out of England. Depeche Mode were Europe’s best-kept secret in the early '80s with the albums Construction Time Again and the—perhaps—tongue-in-cheek-titled Music for the Masses. They became a worldwide phenomenon as the '90s dawned, with the landmark LP Violator, containing the smash hits "Personal Jesus," "Enjoy the Silence," and "Policy of Truth."

But success came at a price as depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, and personnel departures threatened to derail the band. It wasn’t a question of whether the music of Depeche Mode would be able to withstand fickle industry changes, but rather if the members of the group themselves could make it out alive. Depeche Mode FAQ shows how they did, becoming legends in the process.