Here’s a little news that was just stumbled across: Ken Sharp, a well-known music writer and power pop expert, is putting together a 3-book series about the power pop genre. The series is entitled Power Pop Heroes and it will contain in-depth interviews with members of several classic bands from this genre, commentary on key albums and more. If you want to get Vol. 1, you’ve got until November 14th – only those who pre-buy will get a copy of this book. Read on for all righteous riffola details, including a link to the one place Power Pop Heroes can be bought…
PLAY ON! POWER POP HEROES, VOLUME ONE
In this first installment of a three-volume series, Ken Sharp honors the musical innovators who built power pop’s foundations through extensive interviews and track-by-track commentary on seminal albums.
Featuring a foreword by Eric Carmen of Raspberries, this 520-page book culls exclusive extended interviews with 20 artists that define power pop, including members of the Beatles, the Who, the Kinks, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, the Hollies, the Dave Clark Five, the Zombies, Bee Gees, the Turtles, the Left Banke, Small Faces, the Move, Jeff Lynne and others.
Also covered in “Volume 1” are representatives of the first generation of dedicated acolytes who followed the progenitors’ trail: Badfinger, Raspberries, Big Star and Emitt Rhodes.
Track-by-track commentary is provided about seminal albums including “Pet Sounds”, “There Are But Four Small Faces”, “Nazz”, “Side 3” and “Emitt Rhodes” plus select artist commentary about classic recordings from members of the Zombies, the Turtles, the Hollie, the Knickerbockers and Badfinger.
Illuminating conversations with renowned producers George Martin (the Beatles), Shel Talmy (the Who) and John Fry (Big Star), engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott (the Beatles), and songwriters Tony Asher (the Beach Boys), Graham Gouldman (the Hollies) and Garry Bonner (the Turtles) add to the inside story of this influential genre.
Two additional volumes have been completed and will be published in 2015 with over 1,300 pages spread over the three volumes.
NOTE: excerpts of a few parts of the interviews in this volume appeared in the 1997 book “Power Pop!” but if you have a copy of this long out-of-print and super rare book, you definitely do not have it all — not even close! “PLAY ON! Power Pop Heroes” has been re-configured, re-imagined and re-invigorated using that book as a building block and pumps it up with massive doses of steroids, the result which takes the old 300 page book and births a 1,300 page truly landmark and historical work.
In case you are not aware, used copies of the 1997 book “Power Pop!” go for ridiculous amounts of money like so many artifacts of power pop past go for these days. This series of books is going to be no different in the not too distant future because of its very low and limited amount of books printed. Don’t break the bank in a few years – today is the time to pick this up and collect all three volumes!
WHO IS INTERVIEWED AND FEATURED IN “VOLUME 1”:
the Beach Boys
the Dave Clark Five
the Left Banke
HERE IS WHAT IS IN THE 520 PAGES OF “PLAY ON! Power Pop Heroes”:
520 pages of filled with interviews with some of the most important artists and songwriters in power pop and rock ‘n roll history.
Track-by-track commentary about seminal albums about seminal albums including “Pet Sounds” (the Beach Boys), “There Are But Four Small Faces” (Small Faces), “Nazz” (the Nazz) and “Emitt Rhodes” (Emitt Rhodes).
PLUS select artist commentary about classic recordings from members of the Zombies, the Turtles, the Hollies, the Knickerbockers and Badfinger.
Illiminating conversations with renowned producers George Martin (the Beatles), Shel Talmy (the Who) and John Fry (Big Star), and songwriters Tony Asher (the Beach Boys), Graham Gouldman (the Hollies) and Garry Bonner (the Turtles) add to the inside story of power pop.
Foreword by Eric Carmen of Raspberries – “I think the essence of power pop is its transcendent ability to put a smile on your face and make the hair on your arms stand up…that’s what it’s always done for me.”
HERE’S THE IMPORTANT THING TO UNDERSTAND…THE AMOUNT OF COPIES BEING PRINTED FOR THIS BOOK WILL ONLY BE FOR THE AMOUNT OF ORDERS PLACED!!
Any self-published author has to do that these days. It’s just too expensive to carry inventory so it is VITALLY IMPORTANT that you place your order by NOVEMBER 14th because that will be the last day that Ken Sharp will be placing his final order for the printer- then, that will be it for “Volume 1”.
Follow the heroic Power Pop saga with Volumes 2 and 3 coming soon—collect and enjoy ’em all! (all interviews listed below have been completed and both volumes will be published in 2015!)
Foreword by Rick Springfield
Flamin’ Groovies • Rick Springfield • Blue Ash • Stories • The Hudson Brothers • Cheap Trick
Pezband • Sweet • Shoes • Dwight Twilley • Bay City Rollers
The Rubinoos • Utopia • The Babys • Piper • Artful Dodger
XTC • Squeeze • The Records • The A’s • The Toms • The Flashcubes
Foreword by Andy Sturmer of Jellyfish • Afterword by Berton Averre of the Knack
The Romantics • 20/20 • The Beat • The Plimsouls • Tommy Keene
The Knack • Robin Lane & the Chartbusters
The Go-Go’s • The Spongetones • Off Broadway
Marshall Crenshaw • The Bangles • 4 Out of 5 Doctors
The Three O’ Clock • The Producers • The Smithereens
The Posies • Jellyfish • Matthew Sweet • Jason Falkner
Fountains of Wayne
U.S. Orders – $7.50
Outside of U.S. – $22.00 (this book is 520 pages thick so this bugger is h-e-a-v-y!)