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‘We Had an Outsider’s Perspective’: Sarah’s Foreign Visitors

Michael White

Michael White has been writing about popular and underground music, for publications in his native Canada and internationally, for 20 years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popkiss : The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Ric Menck affectionately recalls: ‘Alan McGee once said to me, “You were just a British indie kid, but you lived in America.” I really was into that shit.’Menck was indeed at odds with his geography. Living in Champaign, Illinois – a small...

‘Come to My World’: The Sea Urchins and the Beginning of Sarah

Michael White

Michael White has been writing about popular and underground music, for publications in his native Canada and internationally, for 20 years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popkiss : The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The Sea Urchins’ sartorial commitment was peerless. Everyone whose eyes fell upon them knew this to be true. As if a random assortment of zealous shoppers had unwittingly stepped through a space–time portal, transporting them from 1966...

Rethinking Independence: What Does ‘Independent Record Label’ Mean Today?

Popular Music in the Post-Digital Age : Politics, Economy, Culture and Technology

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Until the 1990s, the term independence had a certain descriptive value. It had been regularly employed by artists, journalists, and listeners to distinguish between different products of culture. This distinction was essential in the music...

The Afterlife of Sarah

Michael White

Michael White has been writing about popular and underground music, for publications in his native Canada and internationally, for 20 years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popkiss : The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...So all we’ll say is this: thank you, to anybody who’s ever written or phoned or whatever, thank you because … it really is all that – all the, um, heck – the, um, well – YOU – that makes it all worthwhile. And even if it’s true that most...

The Problem of Knowing Too Much: Meta-Rock and the Anxiety of Influence

Robert Loss

Robert Loss is an assistant professor in Writing, Literature, and Philosophy at Columbus College of Art and Design, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Nothing Has Been Done Before : Seeking the New in 21st-Century American Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...A Reviled Species Emerges—The Meadowlands—Meta-Rock Q: How many indie bands does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: Never mind, you’ve probably never heard of them. Sometimes I let myself think that the hipster was conjured by the Wrens...

Safe Harbour: The Wake and the Hit Parade

Michael White

Michael White has been writing about popular and underground music, for publications in his native Canada and internationally, for 20 years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popkiss : The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...In June 1989, Keris Howard began quietly worrying. Brighter had recorded their debut EP, Around the World in Eighty Days, months earlier, and it was his understanding that everyone was pleased with the results. Yet communication from Sarah...

Belle & Sebastian's If You’re Feeling Sinister

Scott Plagenhoef

Scott Plagenhoef is Managing Editor for Pitchfork Media, the world’s most popular and influential alternative music website. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

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...If You’re Feeling Sinister shows how Belle & Sebastian transformed themselves over the space of a decade, from a slightly shambolic cult secret into a polished, highly entertaining, mainstream pop group. Along the way, the book shows how...

‘A Constant Source of Bemusement and Wonder’: The Orchids

Michael White

Michael White has been writing about popular and underground music, for publications in his native Canada and internationally, for 20 years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popkiss : The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The disintegration of Glasgow’s Postcard Records was as unceremonious and anticlimactic as its rise had been momentous and effervescent. The endurance of its legend – and the extremity of affection it commands to this day – tends to obscure...

‘A Diary of Sorts’: The Field Mice, Northern Picture Library, and the Quicksilver Bobby Wratten

Michael White

Michael White has been writing about popular and underground music, for publications in his native Canada and internationally, for 20 years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popkiss : The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...When the Field Mice left the stage following their final live performance, at North London’s Tufnell Park Dome in November 1991, perhaps no one in the audience was as emotionally affected as Tim Chipping. Known to Haynes, Wadd and virtually...

‘More than pets of multiculturalism’: Diasporic hybridity in Icelandic popular music – the case of Retro Stefson

Transglobal Sounds : Music, Youth and Migration

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...It’s only my second day at Airwaves and already I have some solid advice. Icelanders: do not attempt to replicate the music of the African diaspora, especially reggae and hip-hop. You will fail. Miserably and laughably. Be yourselves....