The Lost Tribes of Pop: Goths, Folkies, iPod Twits and Other Musical Stereotypes

The Lost Tribes of Pop: Goths, Folkies, iPod Twits and Other Musical Stereotypes


By (author) Tom Cox


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  • Publisher: Portrait
  • Format: Hardback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 198mm x 16mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0749951060
  • ISBN 13: 9780749951061
  • Illustrations note: 40-50 full colour line drawings
  • Sales rank: 713,617

Product description

Few things tell us more about ourselves than the music we listen to, a fact that Tom Cox has demonstrated brilliantly in his acclaimed Observer column, The Lost Tribes of Pop. Extended from that column, Cox's beautifully illustrated book presents a unique and hilarious vision of the current pop climate, via the people who really make it what it is: the fans. From Dave, the Old School Goth, and Charlie, the iPod Twit, to Nancy, the Rave Mom, and Margot, the First-time Gigger, Lost Tribes is an endlessly entertaining and curious mix of social stereotypes, in all their flawed, obsessive, identity-searching glory. Some are idiotic. There are plenty of books about people behind the music. The Lost Tribes of Pop is different: it's a book about the people in front of it. It's the work of a major writing talent, and a must-have for any music fan.

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Author information

Tom Cox has written articles, reviews and features for the Guardian, Observer, Esquire, Mojo, Uncut, the Telegraph, The Times, The Sunday Times, the Mail on Sunday and many other national publications.

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Anyone who doesn't recognise themselves in this forensic, witty, all-too-true social document is either lying, or should get out more. Andrew Collins Every record company should keep a gold-bound copy to remind them who it is that keeps them in business. Simon Napier-Bell