Jesse's Reviews > Don't Stop Believin': How Karaoke Conquered the World and Changed My Life

Don't Stop Believin' by Brian Raftery
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Dec 10, 2008

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Totally breezy, readable karaoke memoir. Entertaining, for sure, in a post-Klosterman way, though a little forced in places. I'll even buy the "Changed My Life" part of the title (Goodreads has it wrong). The chapters on the the karaoke history--its invention in Japan, its migration to the States, its C-list video & audio production--are all wonderful. But I wish Raftery had taken them more seriously, gone deep into all of them, tracked down its first customers, etc., and done some scholarly history on the topic. His tone would have sustained it, absolutely, and it would've made the book definitive instead of merely fun.

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message 1: by Laura (last edited Dec 19, 2008 06:06PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Laura Hi--I actually went ahead and fixed the title to make it "changed my life" instead of "saved," so wanted to give you a heads up in case you want to edit your review accordingly.

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