Saturday, January 03, 2009

Pg. 69: Brian Raftery's "Don't Stop Believin'"

This weekend's feature at the Page 69 Test: Don't Stop Believin': How Karaoke Conquered the World and Saved My Life by Brian Raftery.

About the book, from the publisher:
Armed with a keen eye and a terrible singing voice, writer Brian Raftery sets out across the globe, tracing karaoke's evolution from cult fad to multi-million 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 heavy-metal karaoke band. Along the way, Raftery chronicles his own time as an obsessive karaoke fan, recalling a life's worth of noisy relationships and poor song choices, and analyzing the karaoke-bar merits of such artists as Prince, Bob Dylan and Fugazi. Part cultural history, part memoir, Don't Stop Believin': How Karaoke Conquered the World and Changed My Life is a hilarious and densely reported look at the liberating effects of a good sing-along.
Read an excerpt from Don’t Stop Believin’ and learn more about the book and author at Brian Raftery's website.

Brian Raftery's features, profiles, and criticism have appeared in such publications as Wired, Spin, GQ, and Entertainment Weekly. His favorite karaoke song is Night Ranger's "Sister Christian."

Watch the Don’t Stop Believin’ video.

The Page 69 Test: Don't Stop Believin'.

--Marshal Zeringue