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After what seems like an eternity, my first book, titled SHAKE SOME ACTION: THE ULTIMATE POWER POP GUIDE, has just been released this week!

The 200-page book is built around my choices of the top 200 power pop releases of all-time (including quotes from many of the artists covered), and also includes a comprehensive essay on the history of power pop by esteemed pop journalist/all-around good bloke Carl Cafarelli.

In addition, there are tons of previously unpublished/rare photographs by Anastasia Pansios and Peter Kuehl, as well as a companion CD packed with 24 power poppin' rarities from the likes of The Rubinoos (covering Raspberries' "Tonight"), Tommy Keene, 20/20, The Rooks, Kyle Vincent, Chris von Sneidern and many others. Most all of these tunes are exclusive to SSA!

Alongside coverage of power pop's history and its 200 greatest albums, SHAKE SOME ACTION also looks at:

* Great power pop singles, individual songs, compilations and tributes

* Labels specializing in power pop

* Magazines, fanzines and websites covering the genre

* Top 10 lists, commentary, quotes and other goodies from artists and journalists such as:

Joey Molland (Badfinger)

Dave Smalley (Raspberries)

Doug Fieger (The Knack)

Dennis Diken (Smithereens)

John Wicks and Will Birch (The Records)

Tommy Dunbar and Al Chan (The Rubinoos)

John Murphy, Jeff Murphy and Gary Klebe (Shoes)

Jeffrey Foskett (Brian Wilson)

Michael Mazzarella (The Rooks)

Robbie Rist

Bobby Sutliff (Windbreakers)

Robin Wills (The Barracudas)

Scott McCarl (Raspberries)

Jordan Oakes (Yellow Pills)

David Bash (International Pop Overthrow)

Alan Haber (Buhdge.com)

Ken Sharp (Goldmine)

Beverly Paterson (Twist & Shake)

Bill Holdship (Creem)

Anna Borg (TallBoy Records)

Terry Hermon (Bucketfull of Brains)

Ira Robbins (Trouser Press)

and more!

"Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide" is available thanks to the good folks at the Not Lame Recording Company. For more info, or to place your order (what an awesome holiday gift idea!), please visit http://www.notlame.com/Page_1/PBPOWERPOPBOOK.html

Thanks, and I hope you enjoy it!

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