Initially a music journalist and power pop historian, Ken Sharp began recording his own accomplished albums as well, the whole package making him an underappreciated pacesetter of the '90s pop underground movement. A resident of Philadelphia, Sharp was already an accomplished writer and interviewer when his 1993 book [RoviLink="BW"]Overnight Sensation: The Story of the Raspberries made his name as the foremost chronicler of the power pop legends' career. In 1994, after almost a decade and a half of writing classic-styled power pop tunes, Sharp recorded his first album, 1301 Highland Avenue, for the Japanese imprint M&M; though it received favorable reviews, its U.S. availability was limited at best. Without the money to record a follow-up, Sharp returned to journalism, co-authoring books on the Beatles, Kiss, and Cheap Trick; in 1997, along with Doug Sulpy, he also published [RoviLink="BW"]Power Pop! Conversations with the Power Pop Elite, the first comprehensive survey of the movement's most important groups (28 in all). Finally, Sharp was able to land a deal with Not Lame, the premier pop underground label; his second album, Happy Accidents, was released in 2000, once again to highly complimentary reviews. ~ Steve HueyPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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