Karaoke is the singing of songs, the sort of thing you seem to find in bars, clubs and other spots where people drink too much. But you find it at home, at offices, at holiday parties and just about every other event where lots of people get together in one place. It’s the activity you often hear about but rarely find through written content, at least until now. Today, you’ll see several books which pertain to karaoke, each of which might make a nice read if you have a real interest in the history and culture of the concept.
Don’t Stop Believin’ is a rather popular song from rock group Journey. It’s also the name of a book by Brian Raftery, a book which covers the evolution of karaoke from what begin as a sort of cult fad to the widespread, widely enjoyed activity it is today. It’s an educational piece mixed with a sort of first-person view of different karaoke experiences in different parts of the world. You’ll hear about different bars, karaoke practices, house rules, machine reviews and more, all from the same person who lived through learning it all firsthand. The price is right too if you’re shopping on a budget.
Karaoke around the World is a title you can pick up easily through Google Play, though you may be able to find the book through other outlets as well. Like the first title listed, this book covers much of the history of karaoke, but from a broader perspective than that of one man visiting each location individually. Because it’s more of a collective effort, the tone and pace of the writing seem to shift several times between the front and back covers of this book. It still manages to avoid coming across as disjointed though, so consider it if you’re looking for more karaoke history.
If you’re more interested in reading about what’s new with karaoke, you might want to start by checking out the latest system specs of machines being manufactured today. Some come with multiple microphones for duets, built-in speakers which require no extra wires, recording features for playing back performances later and other nice extra perks. You can directly gain an appreciation for the history of the karaoke machine by looking at something like the Microky Duostar X14 and comparing it to machines from the last 10, 20, 30 years or even further back if you really want to.
Reading through informational books, manuals and other content can teach you a lot about pretty much anything, karaoke machines included. That’s one of the beautiful things about books – they are excellent stores of information and they still hold their messages today, waiting to relay them to the next reader who comes along. The only problem is, you don’t know if a particular book is a good resource until you’ve already looked through it. Unless you have somebody to give you a heads up like this, that is. If you want to learn more about karaoke, start with Don’t Stop Believin’ and Karaoke around the World.