Play On! Power Pop Heroes: Volume Two
by Ken Sharp

"What makes power pop is a really bright melody that grabs your ear—short, guitar-driven and energetic, the kind of song you could dance to or have sex to. When I’m writing songs, in my head I always say no matter how interesting the words or instrumentation or the idea is, if it doesn’t have a good hook it’s not worth pursuing."—Rick Springfield

About The Book:

Back in '67, in describing their new single "I Can See for Miles," the Who's Pete Townshend coined the term "power pop," not knowing that the genre would come to take its name from his offhand description.

"A Hard Days Night"..."You Really Got Me"..."Glad All Over"..."Feel A Whole Lot Better"..."Pictures of Lily"..."She's Not There"..."Carrie-Anne"..."Walk Away Renee"...”Tin Soldier”…"Happy Together"... “Lies”…"Do Ya"...”Open My Eyes”…"Go All the Way"..."No Matter What"..."September Gurls"...these classic songs share one common thread: they contain all the ingredients that make up a musical form known as "power pop."

In Play On! Power Pop Heroes: Volume Two (Jetfighter/$45), the second installment of a three-volume series, Ken Sharp honors the musical innovators who built the genre’s foundation. Featuring a foreword by Rick Springfield and afterword by Cyril Jordan of the Flamin’ Groovies, the 750+ page book culls exclusive extended interviews with 23 artists that defined the genre and is profusely illustrated with rare photographs and original handwritten lyrics.

Track-by track commentary is provided about seminal albums including
Argy Bargy (Squeeze,) Working Class Dog (Rick Springfield), Shades in Bed and Crashes (The Records), Present Tense and Tongue Twister (Shoes) , Union Jacks (The Babys), Pezband (Pezband) No More, No Less (Blue Ash), The Rubinoos, Back to the Drawing Board, and Basement Tapes (The Rubinoos) and Elevator (Bay City Rollers) plus select artist commentary about classic recordings from members of Cheap Trick, XTC, Sweet, Utopia, Flamin’ Groovies, Dwight Twilley and others add to the inside story of this influential genre.
Acts featured in Volume Two:
Flamin’ Groovies
Rick Springfield
Blue Ash
The Hudson Brothers
Cheap Trick
Dwight Twilley
Bay City Rollers
The Ramones
The Rubinoos
The Babys
Artful Dodger
The Records
The A’s
The Toms
The Flashcubes

Buyers will also receive over 90 tracks of incredible bonus music (over a $90 retail value) of rare, unreleased and live music from Rick Springfield, Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), Chris Difford (Squeeze), The Babys, Dwight Twilley, the Flamin’ Groovies, Shoes, Artful Dodger, Blue Ash, Piper, the Rubinoos, the Records, the Hudson Brothers, Duncan Faure (Bay City Rollers), Kasim Sulton (Utopia), the A's, Ian Lloyd (Stories), the Toms, the Flashcubes and Richie Fontana (Piper). In 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...

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 others. Contact Ken Sharp

His books include: Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy, Elvis: Vegas ‘69, Nothin’ to Lose: the Making of KISS (1972-1975), Elvis Presley: Writing for the King, Sound Explosion: Inside LA’s Studio Factory with the Wrecking Crew, Overnight Sensation: The Story of the Raspberries, Raspberries: TONIGHT!, Eric Carmen: Marathon Man, Reputation is a Fragile Thing: The Story of Cheap Trick, Play On!: Power Pop Heroes, Kooks, Queen Bitches and Andy Warhol: The Making of David Bowie’s Hunky Dory, KISS: Behind the Mask, Meet the Beatles…Again!, Small Faces: Quite Naturally, Rick Springfield: A Year in the Life of a Working Class Dog, Power Pop, The KISS Years!, and KISS Army Worldwide!: The Ultimate KISS Fanzine Phenomenon.