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Larger Than Life

Larger Than Life

A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS

This nostalgic, fully-illustrated history of boy bands — written by culture critic and boy band stan Maria Sherman — is a must-have for diehard fans of the genre and beyond.

The music, the fans, the choreography, the clothes, the merch, the hair. Long after Beatlemania came and went, a new, unstoppable era of the boy band emerged. Fueled by good looks and even greater hooks, the pop phenomenon that dominated the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s has left a long-lasting mark on culture, and it’s time we celebrate it. Written by super fan Maria Sherman for super fans and curious parties alike, Larger than Life is the definitive guide to boy bands, delivered with a mix of serious obsession and tongue-in-cheek humor.

Larger the Life begins with a brief history of male vocal groups, touching on The Beatles, the Jackson 5, and Menudo before diving into the building blocks of these beloved acts in “Boy Bands 101.” Sherman then moves on the heart of the book, focusing on artists like New Edition, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, One Direction, and BTS before ending with an interrogation into the future of boy bands. Included throughout are Tiger Beat-inspired illustrations, capsule histories of the swoon-iest groups, in-depth investigations into one hit wonders, and sidebars dedicated to conspiracy theories, dating, in-fighting, haters, fan fiction, fashion (Justin and Britney in denim, of course) and so much more.

Informative, intelligent, funny, and never, ever fan-shaming, Larger Than Life is the first and only text of its kind: the ultimate celebration of boy bands and proof that this once maligned music can never go under-appreciated.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Music / Genres & Styles / Pop Vocal

On Sale: July 21st 2020

Price: $24.99 / $30.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 224

ISBN-13: 9780762468911

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"Like a pair of Nike Foamposite sneakers on a Backstreet Boy, this book is shiny, fun and expertly constructed. . . [Larger Than Life] works a miracle, showing how a much-dismissed subgenre can be taken seriously while still generating the sparkle its subject deserves."—Ann Powers, music critic and author of Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music
"Maria Sherman has written the brilliant, definitive, hilarious, and long-overdue appreciation of boy-band culture. Larger Than Life is a revelation and a joy to read, in prose that sparkles like a One Direction hook."—Rob Sheffield, music journalist and author of Love is a Mix Tape and Dreaming the Beatles
"Larger Than Life is feminist, gleeful, intersectional, funny, nuanced and nerdy-Sherman is the great understander of boy bands and their fans."—Jessica Hopper, music critic and author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic
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