BOOK: PLAY ON! Power Pop Heroes - Volume 1
(IF YOU HAVE ALREADY PLACED AN ORDER FOR THIS RE-PRINT - YOU WILL BE RECEIVING AN EMAIL JANUARY 24th WITH MORE DETAILS - and a SPECIAL SET OF GIFTS...)
THIS IS FINALLY GOING TO HAPPEN but more details will be here at this spot next week!
If you are kicking yourself or just flat-out bummed you missed out on "Volume 1", now is the time to order a copy for yourself.
This book has been sold out since shortly after it shipped back in November, 2014 - THIS IS A LONG TIME TO HAPPEN and IT HAS TAKEN LONGER THAN WE HAD HOPED BUT...A SMALL RE-PRINT OF VOLUME 1 IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN MARCH!
So, if you're excited about this news, here's what you need to do:
1. place your pre-order at the link below...but understand that we are hoping for it shipping by the beginning of March, 2017
2. That's it. :-)
THE REPRINT ORDER WILL BE PLACED and SHOULD SHIP BEFORE MARCH IS OVER!
All right...that's it. LET"S DO IT!
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."
U.S. Orders - $7.50
Outside of U.S. - $24.00 (this book is 520 pages thick so this bugger is h-e-a-v-y!)
ABOUT AUTHOR KEN SHARP:
Ken Sharp is a New York Times best-selling author who has penned more than 15 music books, contributes to a variety of national music magazines, works on music documentaries and has done liner notes for releases by Elvis Presley, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Small Faces, Santana, Cheap Trick, Raspberries, Eric Carmen, KISS, Hall and Oates, Heart and others. In addition to the Play On! Power Pop Heroes series, his books include Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy, Elvis: Vegas ‘69, Nothin’ to Lose: the Making of KISS (1972-1975), Elvis Presley: Writing for the King, Sound Explosion: Inside LA’s Studio Factory with the Wrecking Crew, Overnight Sensation: The Story of the Raspberries, Reputation is a Fragile Thing: The Story of Cheap Trick, Kooks, Queen Bitches and Andy Warhol: The Making of David Bowie’s Hunky Dory.