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on December 30, 2016
Gave this book as White Elephant gift, and every one wanted it. What a one hit wonder.
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on December 24, 2008
I tend to agree with the previous reviewer who said this feels more like the kind of thing you'd find on somebody's web site, rather than a book. The coverage is about a mile wide and barely a half-inch deep, in that while it DOES manage to touch on just about all the major 1-hit wonders of any significance (since the 1960s-70s, anyway), each entry generally delivers little more than just the most superficial factoids concerning the songs; rarely, if ever, does the author follow up with any significant details or historical perspectives, and he appears to have made little effort to actually contact any of the artists involved to question them about how they feel about these songs *today*. Instead, the author relies mostly on excerpts of comments made by the artist(s) as published in newspaper and magazine articles, most of which are almost as old as the songs themselves.

The "did you know" sidebars scattered throughout the book, while occasionally interesting, only further contribute to a feeling that the book isn't very well organized or edited; half the time, the information in a given sidebar has little or no relevance to the song it appears next to. It's as if, having convinced himself that these bits of trivia are just *too* interesting to leave out, the author felt compelled to shoehorn them into the book anywhere he had a bit of blank space to fill whenever he couldn't find any more logical place to mention them.

Lastly -- again, as prior reviewers have already noted -- the author does have an unfortunate habit of repeating the same phrases over and over, which gets tedious after a while if you try to read the book all in one sitting.

The book isn't *all* bad, to be sure; there is some interesting information to be found here, and there's enough trivia and "where-are-they-now?" information to satisfy those who are mildly curious about the subject -- but music aficionados and those with a deeper interest in pop-culture history will probably be disappointed.
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on August 1, 2014
Great book and seller !
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on March 4, 2011
OK, one slip-up: "The Curly Shuffle?" Seriously??? Other than that, this book is a lot of fun, with a lot of good info on those folks who just couldn't follow up that one great radio song.
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on October 10, 2011
I can't believe I wasted my money on this book written by a smarmy, self centered jerk.

Brent Mann has decided, all on his own, to use a criteria to judge these records as one-hit wonders which doesn't make any sense at all.
When someone has had more than one top 40 hit, how can you appoint yourself the judge of all these things, and surreptitiously negate that just because you want to??

This is the criteria this moron has written this book using, stating, "Well, although "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne" made the Top 40, it doesn't count because no one remembers hearing it on the radio, so they (Looking Glass) might as well be a one-hit wonder". HUH???

The Billboard charts have always and always will be, based on 40% sales, 60% on airplay. So unless people are buying records they've never heard, things make the Top 40 on AIRPLAY.

The stories are somewhat interesting (the ones I already didn't know), but don't waste your time with this jerk.

"The Billboard Book of One Hit Wonders" is a better buy, a much thicker volume, and will give you the straight poop on REAL one hit wonders, not some smarmy boob's self important criteria.

Do yourself a favor - skip this book and don't give this idiot any more money for this piece of drek between two pieces of cardboard.
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