Reach for the Stars: 1996–2006: Fame, Fallout and Pop’s Final Party (Hardback)Michael Cragg (author)
Utilising oral history to contextualise the heady rush of late 90s and early 2000s British pop, music writer Cragg spins a bright, nostalgic narrative of big choruses, double denim and talent show superstars.
Using the arrival of the Spice Girls as a jumping-off point, this fascinating new narrative will explore, celebrate and contextualise the thus-far-uncharted period of British pop that flourished between 1996 and 2006. A double-denim-loving time before the glare of social media and the accession of streaming.
The bastions of '00s pop - armed with buoyant, immaculately crafted, carefree anthems - provided entertainment, escapism and fun for millions. It was a heady, chorus-heavy decade - populated by the likes of Steps, S Club 7, Blue, 5ive, Mis-Teeq, Hear'Say, Busted, Girls Aloud, McFly, Craig David and Atomic Kitten, among countless others - yet the music was often dismissed as inauthentic, juvenile, not 'worthy' enough: ultimately, a 'guilty pleasure'. Now, music writer Michael Cragg aims to redress that balance.
Using the oral-history format, Cragg goes beneath the surface of the bubblegum exterior, speaking to hundred's of the key players about the reality of their experiences. Compiled from interviews with popstars, songwriters, producers, choreographers, magazine editors, record-company executives, TV moguls and more, this is a complete behind-the-scenes history of the last great movement in British pop - a technicolour turning-point ripe for re-evaluation, documented here in astonishing, honest and eye-opening detail.
Publisher: Bonnier Books Ltd
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 779 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 45 mm
'A brilliant, celebratory, gossipy history of 90s pop. Great stories and interviews. If that's your era, you'll love it.' - Richard Osman
'We know everything about our current crop of pop stars because they begrudgingly have to make TikToks every morning. In Reach for the Stars, Michael delves into the pre-internet pop era, speaks to the people that (just about) survived it and makes some extraordinary discoveries. I can't think why anyone wouldn't love this book.' - Greg James, radio and TV presenter
'A truly hilarious pop culture nostalgia fest!' - Jack Rooke
'Nobody buys books. No one's going to read this. No one's going to read these sorts of things. They just don't.' - Louis Walsh
'An outstanding music book. England's Dreaming for people with a working knowledge of 5ive.' - Fergal Kinney
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