THE LAST ORDER IS GOING TO THE PRINTER THIS COMING FRIDAY...

So if you've been pondering, wondering and wrestling with the opportunity to own this THREE pound piece of power pop history...Today is the day.

(the book ships week of June 22nd...)

At 772 pages, it's TWO-BOOKS-IN-ONE!  

(Pre-Order Before June 4th and Enjoy A Pure Pop Party of Extra Rare, Unreleased & Awesome Music)

OVER 800 POWER POP FANS from all over the world have been enjoying "Volume 1"...will you be one of them for "Volume 2"?  

Spend a few minutes with me on this page, I'll logically and emotionally present an undeniable case that you should join your fellow pop fans with picking up "Volume 2"!  

It's time to get primed 'n ready.

Honestly, "Volume 2" is where this 1,500 page project kicks into gear, folks!

Featuring a foreword by Rick Springfield and afterword by Cyril Jordan (the Flamin' Groovies), this volume is even larger than "Volume 1".  HERE IS THE (really) BIG DIFFERENCE  WITH "Volume 2" --- yes, it's 'a book' but it's really TWO-BOOKS-IN-ONE because it's 772 pages!  

"Volume 2" collects,  culls and curates exclusive extended interviews with 23 artists that defined power pop in the 70s and 80s, including members of Shoes, Dwight Twilley, Pezband, Utopia, Artful Dodger, the Records, the A's, Cheap Trick, Blue Ash, the Rubinoos, Piper, XTC, Squeeze, the Toms, the Flamin' Groovies, Rick Springfield, Sweet, Bay City Rollers, the Hudson Brothers, the Babys, the Ramones, Stories and the Flashcubes!  

Like "Volume 1", every attempt was made by author Ken Sharp to interview every member of each band in attempt to bring you the most comprehensive overview of these artists' careers in power pop.

"THIS IMPORTANT HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF THE POWER POP GENRE HAS NEVER HAD THIS KIND OF SPECIAL TREATMENT LIKE THIS - EVER!"

WHEN YOU PRE-ORDER, HERE'S WHAT YOU'll GET: 

(Make sure you read everything on this page.  Why?  Because the details with what you'll experience with this next book and all the extra music bonuses that come with it, is going to...GEEK YOU OUT...)

  • TWO-BOOKS-IN-ONE!!  This book is, in fact, TWO books - it will be 772 pages! Each page filled with interviews of some of the most important, influential and legendary artists in power pop and rock 'n roll history.  "Volume 2" has two more chapters it, topping out at 23 different artists/bands who are interviewed!  
  • Track-by-track commentary digging deep into the seminal albums like "Argy Bargy"(Squeeze), "Shades in Bed" & "Crashes"(the Records), "The Toms"(the Toms), "Present Tense" & "Tongue Twister"(Shoes), "Pezband"(Pezband),"No More, No Less"(Blue Ash),  "Working Class Dog"(Rick Springfield), "The Rubinoos", "Back to the Drawing Board" & "Basement Tapes"(the Rubinoos), "Elevator"(Bay City Rollers) and "Union Jacks"(the Babys)
  • Even more revealing select track commentary will be revealed from the Flamin' Groovies, Utopia, Dwight Twilley, Cheap Trick, the Hudson Brothers, Sweet, Piper, Artful Dodger, XTC, the A's and the Flashcubes!
  • Over 90 tracks of Incredible Bonus Music of rare, unreleased and live music from Chris Difford, Shoes, Artful Dodger, Blue Ash, Piper, the Toms, Glenn Tilbrook, Rick Springfield, Flamin' Groovies, the Babys, the Rubinoos, the Records, the Hudson Brothers, the Flashcubes, Kasim Sulton(Utopia), Artful Dodger, Glen Tilbrook, Chris Difford, the A's, Ian Lloyd(Stories), Duncan Faure(Bay City Rollers) and Richie Fontana(Piper) - in addition to those artists, there will be out of print and rare tracks from Jellyfish, the Posies, Tommy Keene, Hawks and many, many more...
  • "Volume 2" will have expanded visual content with more pictures and many never-seen handwritten lyrics from many songs you've loved for decades...
  • THIS IS  A TRUE LIMITED PRESSING BOOK!      "VOLUME 1" SOLD OUT IN TWO MONTHS & IT IS ALREADY A COLLECTIBLE BECAUSE IT IS OUT PRINT.    Don't get left out on the sidelines.   Protect from disappointment & regret  - pre-order today.    ONCE THE FINAL ORDER HAS BEEN TAKEN IN APRIL - THAT IS THE FINAL PRINTING OF THIS LIMITED EDITION BOOK. 

HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL GET WITH YOUR PRE-ORDER BEFORE MARCH 31st:

  • I keep saying this BUT it's true - it's TWO-BOOKS-IN-ONE!!  How?   At over 772  pages, yes, we can agree  that this is TWO books, yes?    Each page contains interviews from the true heroes of power pop!  This baby is HUGE!  Hours and hours of power pop loving waiting for quality-time with you...
  • Over 60 bonus songs of rare, unreleased and live tracks from over 21 of the artists that appear in "Volume 2"!
  • 30  more rare, out of print and long-lost tracks from the Not Lame label(1995-2010) catalog including songs from Tommy Keene, Hawks, the Rooks, Myracle Brah, the Chevelles, Parthenon Huxley and many, many more!  Tracks will be delivered in both FLAC and 320 kps MP3 files!  
  • 4 songs from Ken Sharp's "Happy Accidents" 1999 album.  "4 stars...he is a classy pop record-maker, clearly indebted to the tradition of the '60s (see the "Strawberry Fields" Mellotron of "Wrecking Ball," which nevertheless still sounds like it wants to break into ELO's "Strange Magic"), but not being fetishistic, instead turning his love into a record that will appeal to the kind of fan he is: people raised on classic pop, from the Beatles to new wave (and not much further than that), looking for a tuneful, classy collection of songs that evoke the sounds, if not the spirit, of their favorite pop records. That may not make it a record of seismic importance, but it certainly is something that is worth tracking down by pop fans with similar tastes." -AMG

==>>>YOUR DIGITAL BONUSES WILL BE DELIVERED BY EMAIL ON MARCH 31st - more details below

772 Pages - "Vol. 2" IS LIKE TWO BOOKS IN ONE....And ONLY $44.97 (plus shipping)


RECEIVE OVER 90 SONGS FROM THE ARTISTS IN THIS BOOK WITH YOUR PRE-ORDER!

You Will Not Believe The Rarities We Have For You From These Very Influential Favorites Of Yours!

Take a look below and savor what will be coming to you via email when you pre-order "PLAY ON! Power Pop Heroes - Volume 2"!

THE RUBINOOS

26 live tracks recorded in the 70s from the Rubinoos!  What more do you need to more?!  All tracks never been released!

THE RECORDS

5 different songs, including rare live tracks from 1980!

SHOES

It's SHOES, what more needs to be said?! These are 3 demos from the "Present Tense" and "Tongue Twister"

THE TOMS

Tom Marolda is a genius and was way ahead of his time in 1979 when he made "The Toms".  I have three tracks from this 5-star all-time classic for you!

PEZBAND

3 tracks will becoming your way, including two live ones from 1977 and one BRAND NEW track from their forthcoming 

ARTFUL  DODGER

THREE classic songs recorded live from their 1980 "Rave On tour!

CHRIS DIFFORD & GLENN TILBROOK

One track from Tilbrook's "Happy Ending" CD & one from Difford's "I Didn't Get Wher I Am" CD.

PIPER

It's impossible to find any rare music from Piper, sadly but the band has offered you a live 1977 version of the classic track, "Can't Wait"!

THE BABYS

A TRUE RARITY!  This 1975 demo of "I Wear Your Ring" was recorded as they were trying to get a record deal - and this is the song that sold the labels on the band!

THE HUDSON BROTHERS

One of power pop's most unknown but important bands, the Hudson Brothers offer up two tracks from their "Live at the Chateau" CD!

RICHIE FONTANA (Piper)

A great track from his "Steady on the Steel" CD from Piper's drummer!

THE A's

TWO live tracks from 1983 and ONE from their 2013 reunion show! 

BLUE ASH

Blue Ash leader, Frank Secich, one of the nicest men in power pop, will bring you two demos from the "Around Again" collection of rarities, demos and live tracks from the band.  

RICK SPRINGFIELD

A Major Coup!  You can't find demos of classic Rick Springfield anywhere and here is the demo of "Love Is Alright Tonite" for you!  

KASIM SULTON

With the help of Todd Rundgren and Powell, this new track from Sulton is a Utopia reunion on his new solo album, "Three"!

THE FLASHCUBES

One track from the "Brilliant" CD and one from "A Cellarfull of Boys: The Basement Tapes 1977-80".

DWIGHT TWILLEY

One of the best new tracks from Twilley from his just-released "Always" CD!

 THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES

How can we talk about 'power pop' and not have a live version of "Shake Some Action" from the Groovies?!  Answer:  we can't.  Here it is, from 1979, live at the Whiskey A Go Go, Hollywood, CA!

 IAN LLOYD (Stories)

A great new track from his latest solo album, "In The Land Of O-dePo"!

DUNCAN FAURE (Bay City Rollers)

This track is a demo from his excellent "Anthology" CD!

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT A FULL CHAPTER BREAKDOWN IN "VOLUME 2":

Foreword by Rick Springfield

Afterword by Cyril Jordan of The Flamin' Groovies

CHAPTERS:

Flamin’ Groovies

Rick Springfield

Blue Ash

Stories

The Hudson Brothers

Cheap Trick

Pezband

Sweet

Shoes

Dwight Twilley

Bay City Rollers

The Ramones

The Rubinoos

Utopia

The Babys

Piper

Artful Dodger

XTC

Squeeze

The Records

The A’s

The Toms

The Flashcubes

ADDITIONALLY, when you place your pre-order before March 31st,  you'll receive over 90 additional songs delivered to you digitally. 

772 Pages - "VOL. 2" IS LIKE TWO BOOKS IN ONE!   And.... ONLY $44.97 (plus shipping)

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WHAT POWER POP FANS LIKE YOU ARE SAYING ABOUT "PLAY ON! POWER POP HEROES- Volume 1"...

"VOLUME 1" SOLD OVER 800 COPIES!   Over 88% of buyers of "Volume 1" rated the book a '4' or '5' out of '5' - including over 50% of them giving it a five-out-of-five!   Check out the survey responses I received below.   

"Ken knows just the right questions to ask musical luminaries..."


"Ken Sharp's "Play On! Power Pop Heroes, Volume 1" is an intimate look at a timeless musical genre and features lively discussions with the titans who helped shape it. An unabashed power pop fan as well as a fan of all the musicians involved, Ken knows just the right questions to ask musical luminaries such as Brian Wilson, Pete Townshend, Ray Davies, Jeff Lynne, Ringo Starr, and members of Big Star, Badfinger and Raspberries, to name just a few. Can't wait for volumes 2 and 3!"

-John M. Borack, Contributing editor, Goldmine Magazine

"You can't ask for more of a first-hand account and it's delivered in spades...Essential? Yeah, yeah, yeah!"


"The story of power pop, as told by the very artists who created power pop in the first place?  You can't ask for more of a first-hand account than that, and it's delivered in jangly, crunchy spades.  I am delighted to be among the children of millions who wait for Volumes Two and Three.  Essential? Catchy? FUN?  Yeah, yeah, yeah!" 

-Carl Cafferelli , host of This is Rock 'n Roll Radio and writer, Goldmine Magazine

"My money was well spent, great job Ken!  I can't wait to read the next two volumes!"


Jam packed with all the essential bands that were at the forefront of the 'power pop' genre...sure to please power pop aficionados! Once you start, it's hard to put down. Ken asks all the interesting questions that get into the meat and poteatoes of what makes this genre so special. My money was well spent, great job Ken!  I can't wait to read the next two volumes..."

-Mike Miller

"The Greatest Collection of Rock Interviews of All Time?  Could  be!"


This is four months of bathroom reading.  The Greatest Collection of Rock Interviews of All Time?  Could be!  What I did was grab several bands that meant a lot to me and that I thought I had a decent grasp on their histories...just to see how much Ken Sharp could dig out of them that would surprise me. I devoured the Hllies and the Move chapters and had my mind blown by the amount of fabulous nuggets of information and insight Ken got out of these guys. 

-Binky Phillips - writer, Huffington Post

DID YOU MISS OUT ON "VOLUME 1"?

"Volume 1" sold out, at the time of its printing - just like "Volume 2" will very soon!   It's possible there may be a very small re-print of "Volume 1" later in the year.  If you want to be notified of if that happens, just email me at:  popgeekheaven@gmail.com.  

CHECK OUT ALL THE COOL PEOPLE WHO OWN THEIR OWN COPY OF "Power Pop Heroes"

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LET'S SEE WHAT SOME OTHER POWER POP FANS & ARTISTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE  "POWER POP HEROES" BOOKS...

"These people ARE my power pop heroes, and to hear in their own words the stories behind some of my all-time favorite songs - priceless...Can't wait for Volume Two!"


"These people ARE my power pop heroes, and to hear in their own words the stories behind some of my all-time favorite songs - priceless. Ken has hit upon a great format - first a Q&A chapter with the band/artist followed by an "On the Record" chapter where specific songs are discussed in detail. This is a must have for musicians and fans of power pop since the arrival of the Beatles. Can't wait for Volume Two!"

Steve Cooper, ARTFUL DODGER

"As a fan of virtually all of the bands interviewed, it was really great to see behind the scenes and get a feel for what these artists went through and felt while creating some of my favorite music!"


"Quite the read! Lots of great info in here! As a fan of virtually all of the bands interviewed, it was really great to see behind the scenes and get a feel for what these artists went through and felt while creating some of my favorite music! I'm really looking forward to reading Volumes 2 and 3 to see how Power Pop and all it's variations continues to expand and thrive."

Jeff Murphy, SHOES

"You'll read a few pages and find yourself listening to old favorites with an expanded appreciation."


"Whether you're a songwriter, singer, instrumentalist, fan or all of the above, you will love Ken Sharp's "Play On! Power Pop Heroes." Prodded by Sharp's succinct observations, pop-pantheon Gods from George Martin to Eric Carmen reveal the genesis of hit songs and forgotten gems, and it's amazing to discover the range of inspiration--sometimes divine, sometimes pedestrian happenstance--that led to the sounds we live our lives by. You'll read a few pages and find yourself listening to old favorites with an expanded appreciation. I thought I knew my stuff when it came to the Beatles/Big Star galaxy, but I've learned so much more from this amazing book."

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WHEN WILL "VOLUME 2" SHIP?

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Foreword by Andy Sturmer of Jellyfish • Afterword by Berton Averre of the Knack

The Romantics • 20/20 • The Beat • The Plimsouls • The Knack • Robin Lane & the Chartbusters • Tommy Keene • The Go-Go’s • The Spongetones • Off Broadway • Marshall Crenshaw • The Bangles • 4 Out of 5 Doctors •The Three O’ Clock • The Producers • The Smithereens •The Posies • Jellyfish • Matthew Sweet • Velvet Crush • Jason Falkner •

Interviews for "Volume 3" are almost all done and we should be announcing this last book in the series this series in early July!   

THERE WILL BE A "VOLUME 4" THAT WILL ARRIVE WINTER 2015/2016!!  AN AMAZING LINE-UP IS COMING TOGETHER AND INTERVIEWS BEING DONE AS YOU READ THIS......

​"Here's why everyone who loves 'Power Pop' should buy Ken Sharp's "PLAY ON! Power Pop Heroes" books: Pete Townshend wasn't the ONLY guitarist on "I Can't Explain," Jimmy Page also played on it. This is just one of a thousand amazing facts contained in "Volume 1".   " Go get a copy - you won't be sorry!  The book is sensational!"

Eric Carmen Raspberries
Al Chan ,  Tommy Dunbar & Donn SpindtThe Rubinoos

​"PLAY ON! Power Pop Heroes" is the best & most entertaining collection of interviews with my musical heroes that I've ever read. It's a must-read for anybody who loves pop music...I'm loving Volume 1 of "Power Pop Heroes"!  Stayed up way too late last night reading the chapters on the Who, the Zombies and the Hollies! Not to mention the great chapters on Ringo and George Martin..."  

"This is Power Pop Archaeology at its finest.  Defining the genre that is known as 'Power Pop' is about as hard as it gets.  I doubt that I will ever hear two people completely agree.  Ken Sharp's take is unique and enlightening as he digs to the foundation."

Gary KlebeShoes

HERE IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO GET "VOL 2"

And the last time I'll hit ya over the head and say....IN ORDER TO GET THE ALL THE BONUSES LISTED ABOVE, it's time for you to pre-order.   :-)