- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (20 Nov. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1628922184
- ISBN-13: 978-1628922189
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 22.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Popkiss: The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records Paperback – 20 Nov 2015
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[A] detailed history of the cult Bristol-based indie ... [White] puts forward a strong case for its worth.
White's book offers a series of discrete essays, each one covering a different theme or particular band … [Its] intriguing chapters explore the non-musical idiosyncracies that made Sarah unique.
- The Wire
Michael White expertly puts Sarah into context with a whirlwind tour of early indie-pop … This interesting read [is] very welcome.
- Record Collector
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
About the Author
Michael White has been writing about popular and underground music, for publications in his native Canada and internationally, for 20 years.
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Michael White writes beautifully and respectfully and it's clear that he himself is a devoted fan of the label and its music. But since the message comes over repeatedly in the book (both from White himself and from lots of the artists he speaks to) that the true essence of the label was Matt and Clare, they seem rather absent from the book. Yes, they were interviewed and pop up periodically, but for such a unique business and an unlikely success, it would have been fascinating to know much more about the day to day running of the label, and to read the book in a more chronological order.
It's a good book and any Sarah Records fan will enjoy it, but I feel they will finish the book wondering why so much was missed out.
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The closest comparison I can make is to Simon Reynold's postpunk survey Rip It Up and Start Again. The structures and writing styles of both books are similar, certainly. More importantly, though: both books challenged my perceptions about their subject matters, got me thinking about how I engage with music, and made me a better music fan. Definitely a worthwhile read for anyone interested in 80s/90s indie.