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Reviewed by Kayleigh Perumal for Readers' Favorite
If you have studied at almost any university, Dave Rotell’s memoir, College in the 80s: One Syracuse Story – which encompasses the typical characteristics of drinking, partying, drugs, financial distress, and making lifelong friends – is likely to sound quite familiar and relatable. However, the 1980s were a special time during which to study, and Rotell’s experiences of working as a stage hand at the Carrier Dome (now known as the JMA Wireless Dome) were just one of many unique aspects of his time at Syracuse University. Rotell was lucky enough to help set up shows for and watch legendary bands such as The Police, REM, Bruce Springsteen, and more. As such, Rotell’s memoir describes both a formative and wonderous period of his life.
Dave Rotell chronicles his best memories and the challenges he faced while studying at Syracuse University. The writing style of College in the 80s: One Syracuse Story is simple and easy to follow. Rotell’s descriptions of his friends are quirky and pleasurable to read. I particularly enjoyed the accounts of the sports matches that Rotell and his friends attended, as the excitement felt palpable. The reference to a different song at the beginning of each chapter adds another layer of depth to the memoir and gives an understanding of the setting. Additionally, including authentic snapshots from Rotell’s years at college paints a more solid image of life at SU. Anyone who enjoys listening to music from the 70s and 80s, and appreciates the popular culture from this period, will find Rotell’s memoir insightful and enjoyable.