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Don't stop believin' : how karaoke conquered the world and changed my life

Author: Brian Raftery
Publisher: Cambridge : Da Capo Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Armed with a keen eye for detail and a terrible voice for song, writer Brian Raftery sets out across the globe, tracing karaoke's evolution from cult fad to multimillion-dollar phenomenon, In Japan, he meets Daisuke Inoue, the godfather of karaoke; in Thailand, he follows a group of Americans hoping to win the Karaoke World Championships; and in New York City, he hangs out backstage with the world's longest-running  Read more...
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Named Person: Brian Raftery
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Raftery
ISBN: 9780306815836 0306815834
OCLC Number: 191926214
Description: viii, 223 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Village people --
The emulation nation --
Heavy metal memories --
Don't disturb this groove --
The empty orchestra --
A brief and painless history of the American karaoke bar, featuring Rob Lowe, Mr. Belding, and a hint of scandal --
The song vultures --
Horny bugle boys and random fly girls : the lost art of the karaoke video --
The Polish guy is singing in the buffet --
Abe Lincoln sings.
Responsibility: by Brian Raftery.
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Tells the social, cultural and personal history of the worldwide phenomenon of karaoke. This work explores the liberating and potentially life-transforming effect of karaoke. Taking us back to its  Read more...

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