Karaoke IdolsIntellect Books. 2015
Most ethnographers don’t achieve what Kevin Brown did while conducting their research: in his two years spent at a karaoke bar near Denver, Colorado, he went from barely able to carry a tune to someone whom other karaoke patrons requested to sing. Along the way, he learned everything you might ever want to know about karaoke and the people who enjoy it. The result is Karaoke Idols, a close ethnography of life at a karaoke bar that reveals just what we are doing when we take up the mic – and...
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KaraokeReaktion Books. 2007
Presents an illustrated exploration of the world of Karaoke around the globe, from its role in prostitution in South East Asia to Karaoke taxis in Bangkok and nude Karaoke in Toronto. It addresses the complexity of this social craze, exploring its emergence in post-war Japan, its development, and its spread from South East Asia to the West.