The Rough Guide to Cult Pop: The Songs - The Artists - The Genres - The Dubious Fashions
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This new Rough Guide is devoted to pop music, the tacky, catchy yet enduring music we grew up listening to when we should have been listening to something more profound. We celebrate the hits, the singers, the impresarios and the songs which have made up the soundtrack to our lives. So come along pop pickers, put on your blue suede shoes (or your tartan trousers or puffbal...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published January 12th 2004 by Rough Guides Limited (first published January 1st 2003)
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Tamelyn Feinstein
A bit dated, and badly in need of editing (misspellings and errors abound), but acutely observed, smartly written, and great fun to read. This is a UK-based publication, so the references are geared toward the British pop scene (in other words, I had to look some stuff up*), but the book also has quite a few interesting compare/contrast entries regarding the relative US/UK pop charts.

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Brian
Since this is a UK publication, it helps to be well versed with the British Pop charts. Even if one is not, it takes a while to figure it out but then it is pretty enjoyable.
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