You love Michael Jackson's Jheri curl; the debate between Cindy Lauper and Madonna; and Spandex pants outlining the unmentionables of long-haired anthem rockers. You love excess, INXS, Reaganomics, Star Wars. And in your mind, the '80s will always be the most boss era of all time. Period. But of all the generations where our grandchildren will look back and wonder — “What the fuck, Grams?” — it's the '80s. “Flock of Seagulls and Devo? Seriously?” And until the time arrives when tweens are zooming to school in jet packs and dropping bags of flaming poop from the sky on your doorstep, you can relive the glory days and try and get your chest autographed by — one-arm drum roll please — Def Leppard. Yes, Joe Elliot and Rick Savage from the band who brought you “Pour Some Sugar on Me” will be at Book Soup signing copies of, Def Leppard: The Definitive Visual History. The book includes more than 450 candid pictures by legendary rock photographer,Ross Halfin that tell the band's story from the new wave of British heavy metal to their smashingly successful albums, Pyromania and Hysteria. The first 175 fans to purchase the book will receive a wristband and a guarantee to meet the metal men. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Mon, Sep 5, 3:00 p.m.; free. (310) 659-3110 or

Mon., Sept. 5, 3 p.m., 2011

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