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Popkiss - by Michael White (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 280

Genre: Music

Sub-Genre: Genres & Styles

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Book theme: Pop Vocal

Author: Michael White

Language: English

Street Date: November 19, 2015
TCIN: 76779627
UPC: 9781628922189
Item Number (DPCI): 247-00-4378


"It's hard to think of another record company that provoked such strong emotions as Sarah: the label, and the music it released, inspired either undying devotion or implacable loathing. Michael White's book shines a brilliant light on a strange and unique moment in indie history, illuminating a fascinating, lost world of pop, politics, passion and postal orders." --Alexis Petridis, Head Rock and Pop Critic, The Guardian, UK

"Combining a zine-like zeal for its subjects with a thorough examination of the cultural context that made them special, the interconnected narratives of Popkiss form an IRL internet for people who believe a record is something to hold, cherish and scratch rather than click into the cloud. This is an essential archive of a pivotal moment in UK pop history that was in danger of fading from our collective pre-web memory." --Stuart Berman, Pitchfork Contributor and author of This Book Is Broken: A Broken Social Scene Story and Too Much Trouble: A Very Oral History of Danko Jones

"More than the labels that inspired its existence, Sarah Records came to define the indie-pop aesthetic. A great record label needs a great biography, and it's hard to think of anyone who could tell the Sarah story as empathetically as Michael White. Popkiss is a triumph." --Pete Paphides

"[A] detailed history of the cult Bristol-based indie ... [White] puts forward a strong case for its worth. A fascinating and singular story." -Mike Barnes, MOJO

"White's history is a much-needed document, fleshing out details and explanation for a label and 'scene' that has meant so much to so many yet not received the literary attention it deserves ... Popkiss is immensely readable and incredibly successful in uncovering the secrets of a record label that was timeless in its output, limited in its lifespan, and for the most part known to only a select few record-philes during its duration. If you were in the know, Popkiss will help you discover Sarah anew. If you weren't, you will find endless rabbit holes down which to venture. Either way, you'll come away pleased." -Frank Valish, Under the Radar

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