Popkiss: The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records by Michael WhitePopkiss: The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records by Michael White

Popkiss: The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records

byMichael White

Paperback | November 19, 2015

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From 1987 to 1995, Bristol, England's Sarah Records was a modest underground success and, for the most part, a critical laughingstock in its native country-sneeringly dismissed as the sad, final repository for a fringe style of music (variously referred to as "indie-pop," "C86," "cutie" and "twee") whose moment had passed. Yet now, more than 20 years after its founders symbolically "destroyed" it, Sarah is among the most passionately fetishized record labels of all time. Its rare releases command hundreds of dollars, devotees around the world hungrily seek out any information they can find about its poorly documented history, and young musicians-some of them not yet born when Sarah shut down-claim its bands (such as Blueboy, the Field Mice, Heavenly, and the Wake) as major influences. Featuring dozens of exclusive interviews with the music-makers, producers, writers and assorted eyewitnesses who played a part in Sarah's eight-year odyssey, Popkiss: The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records is the first authorised biography of an unlikely cult legend.
Michael White has been writing about popular and underground music, for publications in his native Canada and internationally, for 20 years.
Title:Popkiss: The Life and Afterlife of Sarah RecordsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:November 19, 2015Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter One: Songs of Innocence and Inexperience: The Roots of Sarah Chapter Two: "Let's Just Communicate!": The 1980s Fanzine Underground Chapter Three: "How Much Do One Thousand Flexidiscs Weigh?": When Matt Met Clare Chapter Four: "Come to My World": The Sea Urchins and the Beginning of Sarah Chapter Five: "A Constant Source of Bemusement and Wonder": The Orchids Chapter Six: "Another Fucking Harvey Band": The Ubiquitous Harvey Williams Chapter Seven: "Sarah Records Unequivocally Supports a Fully Integrated Light-Rail Rapid-Transit System for the Greater Bristol Area": Expressions of Civic Pride Chapter Eight: "A Diary of Sorts": The Field Mice, Northern Picture Library, and the Quicksilver Bobby Wratten Chapter Nine: "I Sometimes Feel So Lost": Brighter Chapter Ten: Safe Harbour: The Wake and The Hit Parade Chapter Eleven: "I Am Telling You Because You Are Far Away": Internationalism and Sarah's Written Communiqu¿s Chapter Twelve: "Atta Girl": Heavenly, Riot Grrrl and Feminism Chapter Thirteen: Sadness is Unisex": Blueboy and "the Best Album" Sarah Released Chapter Fourteen: An Economy of Ambition: Sarah's Short-Term Visitors Chapter Fifteen: "We Had an Outsider's Perspective": Sarah's Foreign Visitors Chapter Sixteen: "A Day for Destroying Things.": The End of Sarah Chapter Seventeen: The Afterlife of Sarah The Sarah Discography Index

Editorial Reviews

Fascinating ... [A] detailed history of the cult Bristol-based indie ... [White] puts forward a strong case for its worth.