Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bobby Brown kills karaoke cold

Bobby Brown's "On Our Own" is masterpiece. We just haven't realized it yet.

At least it is according to Wired and SPIN Magazine writer Brian Raftery's new book, DON'T STOP BELIEVIN': How KARAOKE Conquered the World and Changed My Life, a fun, charmingly insightful journey into the world of karaoke culture. As a self-professed hardcore karaoke enthusiast, Raftery finds history, community, love and identity in what for most of us passes as an occasional drunken night of pop music nostalgia and public, inexplicable shame.

It's a sweet-natured, honest look into why and how karaoke has shaped the musical sensibilities of generations both old and American Idol obsessed and why a massive group of drunken apathetic strangers can suddenly harmonize in unison over Mr. Big's "To Be With You":

It's a light, pleasing read well worth the microphone envy it induces. Buy the book here. See Raftery bring the karaoke goodness this April at the UCB Theatre here.

Also, check out videos on the book and clips of the awesome awful artistry of karaoke videos:

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