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The Next Epic In This Historic Book Series Arrives Next Month...

Featuring a foreword by Mitch Easter, the 528-page book culls exclusive  & extended interviews with 17 artists that defined the genre and is profusely illustrated with rare photographs and original handwritten lyrics...

Join over 2,000 other power pop fans who have celebrated the very best that genre has to offer...

WHO IS FEATURED IN THIS EXCITING NEW VOLUME?!

  • THE dB's
  • THE PRODUCERS
  • TOMMY KEENE
  • LET'S ACTIVE
  • THE GO-GO's
  • THE SPONGETONES
  • THE BANGLES
  • THE THREE O'CLOCK
  • THE SMITHEREENS
  • CROWDED HOUSE
  • REDD KROSS
  • MATTHEW SWEET
  • TEENAGE FANCLUB
  • THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
  • MICHAEL PENN
  • PARTHENON HUXLEY
  • THE HOODOO GURUS

THE FRONT COVER

THE BACK COVER

BESIDES THE 528 PAGES OF IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS, HERE'S WHAT ELSE IS IN "VOLUME 4":


Track-by track commentary is provided about seminal albums including:

All Over The Place

(The Bangles)

, Girlfriend

(Matthew Sweet),

Sixteen Tambourines

(The Three O’Clock)

Like This

(The dB’s)

Love Junk

(The Pursuit of Happiness)

Beat Music

(The Spongetones)

Deluxe

(Parthenon Huxley)

Plus select artist commentary about classic recordings from Crowded House, The Smithereens, Teenage Fanclub, Hoodoo Gurus, The Producers, Tommy Keene, Let’s Active, The Go-Go’s, and Michael Penn add to the inside story of this influential genre.

The dB's

Since the early 80s, the dB's have proven to be influential and truly unique, Playing sharp, tuneful songs with a hint of psychedelia and some challenging melodic angles, the band bridged the gap between classic '70s power pop and the jangly new wave of smart pop that arrived in the early 80s

The Producers

Their debut hit power pop fans world-wide right between the eyes...songs like "She Sheila"and "What's She Got" were perfect encapsulations of skinny-tie new wave drenched power pop that still have fans smiling 35 years on

Tommy Keene

 Keene's excellently crafted pop songs, delicious guitar figures, and tight ensemble playing have provided a massive and consistent body of excellent work going over 35 years now

Let's Active

Mitch Easter's production work is legendary but in the 80s, his band helped create a template for college indie rock and between 1983 and 1988, released some of the finest Southern power pop/jangle pop of the decade

The Go Go's

The Go Go's were the most popular all-female band to emerge from the punk/new wave explosion of the late '70s and early '80s, becoming one of the first commercially successful female groups that wasn't controlled by male producers or managers. 

The Spongetones

One of the most underrated power pop bands of the, for over 30 years, Jamie Hoover and company have consistently delivered high-quality and  effortlessly catchy guitar pop that captured the feel of '60s British Invasion pop with remarkable accuracy and innocent charm.

The Bangles

The Bangles have always combined the chiming riffs and catchy melodies of British Invasion guitar pop with a hint of the energy of new wave. In the process, they became one of the handful of all-female bands of the '80s to win both critical and commercial success

Three O'Clock

As part of the Paisley Underground in the early 80s, the Three O'Clock were at the forefront of this important genre.  "Sixteen Tambourines" and "Arrive Without Travelling" are two of most lasting and compelling documents of this overlooked era

The Smithereens

Dressed in leather, brandishing heavy guitars, and exhibiting an unabashed fetish for British Invasion pop, they were always a  power pop band that knew always knew how to turn up the guitars and rock like a proper band, they've been going strong for over 30 years

Crowded House

Taking all he learned as a member of Split Enz, Neil Finn arrived in the late 80s as his own man with a perfect, evergreen pop debut.  An institution in their homeland, a two-hit wonder in the U.S., and, during the last half of their ten-year career, Crowded House recorded some of the best pop music of the late '80s and early '90s.

Hoodoo Gurus

The Hoodoos have always channeled their inspiration from the vast entirety of the American pop cultural landscape, drawing on such disparate sources as B-movies, bad sitcoms, and junk food -- in tandem with the usual suspects like garage rock, power pop, and surf -- to create a distinctly kitschy and catchy sound

Redd Kross

Inspired as much by breakfast cereal and kiddie TV as by rock music, their  sharp-edged, buzz saw attack around pure melodies showed that power pop could have a punk heart

Matthew Sweet

After laboring in under-appreciated bands in the 80s, Sweet's 1991 album "Girlfriend" collectively blew the mind of every single power pop fan in the world and his legend status has been firmly placed since 

Teenage Fanclub

Torch bearers for the power pop revival, unparalleled among their generation for both their unwavering adherence to and brilliant reinvention of the classic guitar pop of vintage acts like Big Star but always with a sound that is their own

Pursuit of Happiness

TPOH serves as a vehicle for the wry romantic ponderings of Moe Berg,  who was so inspired by Todd Rundgren, he got Rundgren to produce their first two albums

Michael Penn

One of the most acclaimed singer/songwriters to emerge during the late 1980s, Penn's debut "March" has proved to be one of power pop's strongest debuts from the last 25 years

Parthenon Huxley

Wearing many creative hats, both as a solo artist and band member, Huxley's quirkily intelligent lyrical sense and inventive melodies have earned him a devoted cult following and an acolyte of Andy Partridge


  • THIS IS A TRUE LIMITED PRESSING BOOK!

    "VOLUME 1", "VOLUME 2" & "VOLUME 3"  SOLD OUT MONTHS AFTER THEY SHIPPED....and all are on the road to becoming expensive collectibles because of the lack of availability.  

    Don't wait and  get left out on the sidelines. Protect from disappointment & regret - pre-order "VOLUME 4" today.


WHAT OTHER MUSIC FANS LIKE YOU HAVE SAID ABOUT THE "PLAY ON! POWER POP HEROES" SERIES


Brian Curtis

"When it comes to Power Pop, Ken Sharp knows his subject and gives it the respect it deserves..."

"Ken hits another home run with this fantastic book series! These books tick all of the essential boxes in my personal music tastes...Interesting tidbits of info, insights from rarely heard from artists on their body of work....it's all here for the Power Pop aficionado. A MUST HAVE if you are into this great genre of music.”

John M Borack, 
Contributing editor, Goldmine Magazine

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

“Ken Sharp's "Play On! Power Pop Heroes, Volume 1" is an intimate book 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! ”

Mike Miller, 
Proud, life-long fan of power pop

"My money was well spent, Ken...I can't wait to read all five volumes!"

“Jam packed with all the essential bands that were at the forefront of the 'power pop' genre...sure to please power pop afficionadoes! Once you start, it's hard to put down.  Ken asks all the interesting questions that get into the meat and potatoes of what makes this genre so special."  

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

"You can't ask for more of a first-hand account..Essential, Catchy? FUN? Yeah, yeah yeah!"

“The story of power pop, as told by the very artists who created power pop...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 amonth the children of millions who wait for all FIVE volumes in this series.  Essential?  Catchy?  FUN?  Yeah, yeah, yeah!”

About the Author

Ken Sharp is a New York Times Best Selling writer who has authored or co-authored over eighteen music books, contributes to a variety of national music magazines, works on music documentaries and has done liner notes for releases by Elvis Presley, Sly & the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Small Faces, Santana, Cheap Trick, Raspberries, Eric Carmen, KISS, Hall & Oates, Rick Springfield, The Babys, John Waite, The Guess Who, Jellyfish, Jefferson Airplane and countless others...

PRE-ORDER NOW & RECEIVE A TRULY SPECIAL BONUS PACKAGE

When you pre-order today, serious music fans like you will receive over dozens  tracks of incredible bonus music  of rare, unreleased and live music from the dB’s, Redd Kross, The Smithereens, Mitch Easter, Tommy Keene, The Spongetones, Parthenon Huxley, Pursuit of Happiness and more!    

In addition to those artists, there will be out of print and rare tracks from countless other power pop acts spanning the globe...

(This digital package will arrive by email in your in-box at the end of March)