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New Kids on the Block : 40th Anniversary Celebration - Selena Fragassi

New Kids on the Block

40th Anniversary Celebration

By: Selena Fragassi

Hardcover | 23 April 2024

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"A must-have for every New Kids fan, this beautifully designed volume traces 40 years of the groundbreaking boy band through photos, interviews, and all the fascinating facts.

New Kids on the Block 40th Anniversary celebrates the boys, the fan culture, and the music they created through interviews, photos, and more.


Donnie, Danny, Jonathan, Jordan, and Joey: they are Boston's own New Kids on the Block, an iconic boy band that sprang to the top of the charts (and into the hearts of millions of global fans) in the 1980s. Though each of the ""kids"" and the band itself has faced their ups and downs in the four decades since they came together, they continue to release new music and maintain a loyal fanbase lovingly known as ""Blockheads.""
In New Kids on the Block 40th Anniversary Celebration, music journalist and proud Blockhead Selena Fragassi delves into the band's origins-from their manager Maurice Starr bringing them together and their earliest influences-to their biggest successes in the 1980s and '90s, to their continued achievements today and the lasting legacy they've left in the boy-band canon. Along the way, readers will also explore:
The creation of NKOTB's biggest hits, such as ""Please Don't Go Girl"" and ""You Got It (The Right Stuff)""
The fan culture that built up around the band, from the small gigs and mall tours of their earliest years to their inaugural fan convention in 2023
NKOTB's influences, from R&B to pop, and their place in a boy-band history that begins with the Jackson 5 and continues in the modern day with bands like One Direction and BTS
The lasting legacy of a band proudly celebrating their fortieth anniversary
Step by step, through interviews, photos, and sidebars full of fun facts and trivia, you'll learn something new about the band on every page. This book is the perfect companion to your everlasting love for NKOTB! "

About the Author

Selena Fragassi is a 15-year music journalist who is currently a featured contributor for the Chicago Sun-Times as well as SPIN and Loudwire. Her bylines have also appeared in The A.V. Club, Paste, Nylon, Popmatters, Blurt, Under the Radar, and Chicago Magazine, where she was previously on staff as Pop/Rock Critic. Artists she's interviewed include Rise Against, Gene Simmons, Jennifer Hudson, Andra Day, Chrissie Hynde, Demi Lovato, Debbie Harry, Slash, Deftones, Evanescence, Alice Cooper, Jack White, The Black Keys, Charlie Puth, Bon Jovi, and Bonnie Raitt, among many others.

Selena's work has been anthologized in That Devil Music: Best Music Writing and she has appeared on televised panels regarding music matters for WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" program. She is also a voting member of The Recording Academy. She has been a fan of NKOTB since she was about 10 years old and her first piece ever to be published in a magazine was a letter she wrote to Donnie Wahlberg c/o Tiger Beat.

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