By Brian Raftery
Armed with a prepared eye and a bad making a song voice, author Brian Raftery units out around the globe, tracing karaoke's evolution from cult fad to multi-million greenback phenomenon. In Japan, he meets Daisuke Inoue, the godfather of karaoke; in Thailand, he follows a bunch of american citizens hoping to win the Karaoke global Championships; and in long island urban, he hangs out behind the curtain with the world's longest-running heavy-metal karaoke band. alongside the way in which, Raftery chronicles his personal time as an obsessive karaoke fan, recalling a life's worthy of noisy relationships and negative track offerings, and examining the karaoke-bar benefits of such artists as Prince, Bob Dylan and Fugazi. half cultural heritage, half memoir, do not cease Believin': How Karaoke Conquered the realm and adjusted My lifestyles is a hilarious and densely suggested examine the freeing results of a great sing-along.
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Extra info for Don't Stop Believin': How Karaoke Conquered the World and Changed My Life
The early resistance to karaoke wasn’t all Murray’s fault, of course. But the sketches hit upon a fear that many people have about karaoke—namely, that of looking like a grandly unaware schmuck. Nobody wanted to be like Nick, and this may be why so many ﬁlms portray karaoke as a potentially traumatizing endeavor. It’s why Billy Crystal looks so mortiﬁed when his ex catches him using a karaoke machine in When Harry Met Sally; why Julia Roberts forces her rival Cameron Diaz to sing “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself ” at a karaoke bar in My Best Friend’s Wedding; and why Jennifer Love Hewitt doesn’t want to sing in front of her friends in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.
Those who worked in the karaoke industry were aware of this stigma, so much so that Pioneer, an electronics company that produced many of the early karaoke laser discs, once created a print ad in which a kid recoils from his father’s singing. ” But why was the simple act of singing in front of others met with such resistance? Certainly, many people were put oﬀ by the alien-sounding word, which nobody knew how to pronounce (it’s car-OH-kay, not carrie-OH-key, though the Japanese have long 0306815836-Raftery:Layout 1 34 10/6/08 10:03 AM Page 34 Don’t Stop Believin’ given up on convincing us otherwise).
During the day, we worked together at Entertainment Weekly, where we talked about bad movies and keytars; at night, we sat on a park bench in Brooklyn, drinking red wine out of a coﬀee thermos. And whenever we had a chance, we’d ﬁnd a place to sing. Once, while staying in a Montreal hotel room, I became so tipsily consumed with an old Phil Collins tune that she had to call the concierge, declaring a “karaoke emergency” in our room. ” 0306815836-Raftery:Layout 1 10/6/08 10:03 AM Page 49 Adventures in Karaoke: Fleetwood Mac, “Dreams” 49 But it had ended, in part because I was still so unformed when it came to relationships, and too inexperienced to realize that stubbornness isn’t always an admirable trait.
Don't Stop Believin': How Karaoke Conquered the World and Changed My Life by Brian Raftery