Popkiss: The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records

Popkiss The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records From to Bristol England s Sarah Records was a modest underground success and for the most part a critical laughingstock in its native country sneeringly dismissed as the sad final repos

  • Title: Popkiss: The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records
  • Author: MichaelWhite
  • ISBN: 9781628922189
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback
  • From 1987 to 1995, Bristol, England s Sarah Records was a modest underground success and, for the most part, a critical laughingstock in its native country sneeringly dismissed as the sad, final repository for a fringe style of music variously referred to as indie pop, C86, cutie and twee whose moment had passed Yet now, than 20 years after its founders symFrom 1987 to 1995, Bristol, England s Sarah Records was a modest underground success and, for the most part, a critical laughingstock in its native country sneeringly dismissed as the sad, final repository for a fringe style of music variously referred to as indie pop, C86, cutie and twee whose moment had passed Yet now, than 20 years after its founders symbolically destroyed it, Sarah is among the most passionately fetishized record labels of all time Its rare releases command hundreds of dollars, devotees around the world hungrily seek out any information they can find about its poorly documented history, and young musicians some of them not yet born when Sarah shut down claim its bands such as Blueboy, the Field Mice, Heavenly, and the Wake as major influences.Featuring dozens of exclusive interviews with the music makers, producers, writers and assorted eyewitnesses who played a part in Sarah s eight year odyssey, Popkiss The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records is the first authorised biography of an unlikely cult legend.

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    1. After the Sarah doc screened at Popfest, I think about half the room walked out with plans to start a band, a label, or a zine. This book has the same effect! Absolutely fascinating, sometimes uproariously funny, sometimes incredibly sad history of one of the most-loved and most-maligned record labels in history. I had a hard time putting it down. Now that I'm done, I think I'll go start a flexi label of my own

    2. I couldn't put this book downThe book launch was 5th Nov - I started reading it in the train home and finished it over the weekendA must read for anyone for who Sarah Records was a piece of their life

    3. Damn that took me long to read but not as long as I lived it. I licensed 4 albums from Sarah Records for North American sales back in the early 90's (Blueboy - Unisex, The Orchids - Striving for the Lazy Perfection, The Wake - Tidal Wave of Hype and The Harvest Ministers - Little Dark Mansion). If you know Sarah, you know Sarah. If not, read this book and try to imagine a indie record label before the internet, before CD's even damn, they didn't have a phone for a while.The book covers time and [...]

    4. Even if you'd never heard of Sarah Records this would still be a great read. It's fair to say that the majority of the bands on the label would barely make it as footnotes in musical history, but the author's enthusiasm for them will compel you to reach for your mobile in a bid to learn more. This book was obviously a labour of love, and it was well worth the effort.

    5. One of the best / most engaging music books I've ever read. I'm really only familiar with the (ahem) "big" Sarah bands, like The Field Mice, Blueboy, Another Sunny Day and The Orchids (along with bits and pieces from the Springfields, the Sugargliders and Shelley), but have always been intrigued by Sarah - their aesthetic was always so well-considered and beautiful, and I've loved everything I've ever heard from the label. Michael White's elegant prose, coupled with extensive interviews with Mat [...]

    6. A really delightful book. I only knew about half of the bands when I started reading, but White kept it engaging the whole way through. I just would've liked a bit more coverage of Sarah's Australian signings, the Sugargliders and Even As We Speak - not just because I'm Australian, but because they're the best bands I discovered from reading this book.

    7. (Michael White's words in Exclaim! were a lifeline in my indiepop-hungry adolescence. I'm so happy this book exists.)

    8. Lovely book about the pop label with the greatest number of amazing records per capita. Written with passion and knowledge, as well as an extremely astute setting of context (which helped for people like me, for example, born the year before the label even started). It really made me want to go to England, and made me wish I'd been there to hang out with like-minded folks way back when. I can't say I "couldn't put it down," because after every chapter I had the unwavering urge to listen to all t [...]

    9. The best of all possible books that could've been written about Sarah. Like everything in indiepop -- labels, bands, fans, fests -- this book is dripping with passion and enthusiasm. For that reason alone, I probably would've loved it -- even if the prose was a bit shambling -- but Michael White is a brilliant journalistic writer, clearly and concisely pulling together the various historical threads to paint a vibrant picture of the UK indiepop scene during Sarah's tenure. I was briefly disappoi [...]

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