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Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé
     

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé

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by Bob Stanley
 

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“Breezy, opinionated and totally delicious.”—David Kirby, Wall Street Journal

As much fun to argue with as to quote, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! is a monumental work of musical history, tracing the story of pop music through individual songs, bands, musical scenes, and styles from Bill Haley and the Comets’ “Rock around the

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“Breezy, opinionated and totally delicious.”—David Kirby, Wall Street Journal

As much fun to argue with as to quote, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! is a monumental work of musical history, tracing the story of pop music through individual songs, bands, musical scenes, and styles from Bill Haley and the Comets’ “Rock around the Clock” (1954) to Beyoncé’s first megahit, “Crazy in Love” (2003). It covers the birth of rock, soul, R&B, punk, hip hop, indie, house, techno, and more, and it will remind you why you fell in love with pop music in the first place.

Bob Stanley—musician, music critic, and unabashed fan—recounts the progression from the Beach Boys to the Pet Shop Boys to the Beastie Boys; explores what connects doo wop to the sock hop; and reveals how technological changes have affected pop production. Working with a broad definition of “pop”—one that includes country and metal, disco and Dylan, skiffle and glam—Stanley teases out the connections and tensions that animate the pop charts and argues that the charts are vital social history.

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! is like the world’s best and most eclectic jukebox in book form. All the hits are here: the Monkees, Metallica, Patsy Cline, Patti Smith, new wave, New Order, “It’s the Same Old Song,” The Song Remains the Same, Aretha, Bowie, Madonna, Prince, Sgt. Pepper, A Tribe Called Quest, the Big Bopper, Fleetwood Mac, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” Bikini Kill, the Kinks, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, and on and on and on. This book will have you reaching for your records (or CDs or MP3s) and discovering countless others.

For anyone who has ever thrilled to the opening chord of the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” or fallen crazy in love for Beyoncé, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! is a vital guide to the rich soundtrack of the second half of the twentieth century.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
06/01/2014
Stanley (Match Day), a member of indie pop band Saint Etienne, traces the development of popular music in Great Britain and the United States from 1952 through 2012, with extended riffs on major solo artists and groups such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, ABBA, and Michael Jackson, and shorter discussions about everyone from one-hit wonders in obscure English mining towns to long-popular singers such as Elton John and Aretha Franklin. He casts a wide net, encompassing pop, rock, folk, soul, R & B, country, punk, metal, grunge, and rap, examining the cultural context surrounding the music and delving into the lyrics, the harmonies/chord structures of songs, and use of instruments. All of this helps distinguish his work from others that explore these genres and gives the whole more depth. Some may quibble with Stanley's opinions or emphases, but his chatty style will engage the reader and his extensive research is displayed to excellent effect. VERDICT This eminently readable tome should appeal to all who lived through this period or who have an interest in the various musics. Despite some Britishisms and only a glancing reference to key players such as the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, and Frank Zappa, Stanley presents a solid story.—Barry Zaslow, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393242706
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/07/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
752,236
File size:
808 KB

Meet the Author

Bob Stanley has worked as a music journalist, a DJ, and a record label owner and is the cofounder and keyboard player for the band Saint Etienne. He lives in London.

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Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you already know the main history of rock and pop then this fractured version is interesting reading.  The author certainly knows his stuff and brings a fresh, often irreverent viewpoint to the well-trodden field of music books.   The early part of the book is solid history and includes adept, if insufficient analysis.  But once he comes of age in the mid-70s when the Sex Pistols obviously captured his 12-year-old imagination, the book takes a decidedly Anglo-centric turn.  By the 80's and 90s, much of the discussion is about pop bands and alternative artists that ultimately left NO mark on music history.  No one outside cult followings listened to most of those referenced even when the bands were together.  And certainly no one listens to them now. Which is not to say this book doesn't have it's place.  He's obviously a fan of most of what he discusses and that shows through.  The main thing to understand is, if you want an alternative history of pop music, buy this.  If you are interested in the meaningful history of pop in the last half of the 20th century, look on.
SongSanDiego More than 1 year ago
I first read the review at the Daily Beast. Waited and waited until it became available to us. The book is engrossing, interesting and informative. After 2 or 3 chapters of reading, I began to take write down the titles and artists of the songs the author mentioned. Some song that I used to listened. Some songs I never heard. I am a fast reader but it took me a good one week to finish the book and it was a very happy and fun week! Immediately i lent the book to a friend who is a amateur guitarist. I can't wait to hear his review.
Anonymous 5 months ago
So do ypu want to play a dirty truth or dare
Staticstudios More than 1 year ago
A must for music fans and a wonderful read.  Bob Stanley breaks down 50 years of music into dozens of short chapters, each focusing on a different genre, giving backstories and illustrating how they all connect. Entertainingly written and highly opinionated.