• Title: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé
  • Author: Bob Stanley
  • ISBN: 9780393351682
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Paperback
  • Yeah Yeah Yeah The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonc 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 Hale
    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 Beyonc s first megahit, Crazy in Love 2003 It covers the birth of rock, soul, RB, punk, hip hop, indie, houseAs 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 Beyonc s first megahit, Crazy in Love 2003 It covers the birth of rock, soul, RB, punk, hip hop, indie, house, techno, and , 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 Beyonc , Yeah Yeah Yeah is a vital guide to the rich soundtrack of the second half of the twentieth century.

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    1. FROTHOPHILES OF THE WORLD UNITE!I always had the feeling that somebody stole my life and was living it instead of me, and now I know who it is – Bob Stanley. There was some prenatal jiggery-pokery somewhere. I don’t know what happened, but I got people looking into it. The real trouble is, it looks like Bob Stanley has been a lot better at being me than I would ever have been. He founded Saint Etienne, the band, not the French city, which was pretty good, and he was also a music journalist, [...]

    2. Do you believe in magic? Arresting, beguiling, comprehensive, diverting, exciting, fabulous, groovy, hit-filled, inspiring, joyous you get the idea. "Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop" is a trove of fascinating opinions and insights from Professor Bob Stanley who - in addition to being a member of Saint Etienne, a journalist, compiler of fine compilations, and a film producer - has a PhD In Musicology.If, like me you ever listened with impatient anticipation to the latest Top 30 chart run [...]

    3. Packing 40 years of pop history into a single volume is no easy feat. Bob Stanley covers an amazing amount of material in this 500-page book and mentions an absolutely incredible number of songs along the way. For that reason, the experience of Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! was less like regular reading and more like a six-week intensive course on the pop era. It's also quite a feat that Stanley managed to write a book that is so informative, while remaining consistently engaging, insightful, and pithy. I t [...]

    4. A staggering project to even attempt, of course - especially when you define 'pop' as widely as St Etienne's Stanley obviously does. Elsewhere I've compared it to David Thomson on film, but that was meeting the mainstream audience halfway - what this really reminds me of is those ludicrous projects of scholarship like the Anatomy of Melancholy, enormous and necessarily incomplete yet packed with so much arcane knowledge and sudden, startling new perspectives that you can hardly begrudge the inev [...]

    5. This book should be an impossibility. Instead it’s merely insanely ambitious; the equivalent of attempting to simultaneously scale Everest on physical and philosophical levels. Not only does it seek to scale the mountain it seeks to admire and understand it. The Sherpa and Zen master for this expedition is Bob Stanley; fan, journalist and member of St Etienne. The only other person remotely qualified to write something of this breadth and depth with the same level of understanding is Neil Tenn [...]

    6. It is surely no coincidence that the title of this book comes from one of the most exuberant and joyful pop records ever made, because this is certainly written with boundless enthusiasm and a real love of music, which shines through. In five parts, the author takes you on the journey of popular music from 1952 until the early 1990's. The book begins with the first UK singles chart, the advent of the 45 and early rock 'n' roll. In the first part the author looks at the importance of skiffle, Lar [...]

    7. Υποθέτω πως οποιοσδήποτε ενδιαφέρεται για το προφανές αντικείμενο του βιβλίου αυτού, θα μείνει ικανοποιημένος από το περιεχόμενο και από την συχνά επιλεκτική, υποκειμενική και φαρμακερή ματιά του συγγραφέα στην ποπ μουσική απ' το 50κάτι μέχρι σχεδόν το 2000.

    8. Wow - was für ein Brocken. Mit "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé" versucht Autor, Musiker, Archivar und Journalist Bob Stanley die Geschichte des modernen Pop aufzuzeichnen. Und woran anderen bereits in den Recherchearbeiten scheitern würden, brilliert der Autor mit einem extrem umfangreichen Werk voller Anekdoten, Zahlen, Vergleiche, Verbindungen und vor allem Namen. Eine Kritik verglich dieses Sachbuch mit "Krieg und Frieden", dies kann ich so nur unterst [...]

    9. Pop music: we all know what it is, we all know what we like and don’t like, and we all have an opinion on it. But we don’t really know much about it. The shelves of libraries are well stocked with chunky hardbacks about the legends of rock, the story of the blues and the significance of jazz, but pop - the very stuff that turned most of us onto music in the first place - is seriously under represented. Perhaps it is its very popularity that has meant that until now nobody has attempted to wr [...]

    10. Bob Stanley's 'Yeah Yeah Yeah' is an encyclopaedic, nerdy, impassioned, defiantly unfashionable history of popular music, from the early 50s to the mid 90s. It's endlessly fascinating, almost overwhelming in its parade of detail and anecdote. It's great strength is that, while it gives plenty of space to the landmark 'serious' performers, it gives even more space to the true footsoldiers of music: the girl bands, the crooners, the copycats, the two-hit wonders. The best parts of the book are the [...]

    11. In theory, this should have been "the" book on pop. And in many ways it is, but only as an introduction for those who may not get pop music all in one big gulp. There is nothing further I learned from reading this book, except some great obscure groups and songs. For instance, The Fairytale. Check them out. On the other hand I was kind of shocked that he doesn't mention my faves, Sparks, to a pronounced degree. Surely there should have been at least three to four pages devoted to this perfect po [...]

    12. I have to claim some kinda bias here because I remember being totally in awe of Bob and Saint Etienne as a teenager (and I still am really, I mean come on Saint Etienne are a brilliant band) and then remember nearly dying when I met him when he was producing Kenickie's debut album. So I came into this knowing I'd like it - not just because Bob was someone I admired - but because he is a walking encyclopedia of pop knowledge so yes, I had high exceptions coming into Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! and it didn' [...]

    13. Although never less than engaging, Yeah Yeah Yeah is freighted with so much anecdote that it fails to service a clear narrative. This eventually leads to it reading as a series of unusually considered music mag pieces rather than as a book.

    14. I vacillated on the rating for this long book. It is a broad survey of popular music since the mid-fifties. Each of the five dozen chapters covers a narrow period, name dropping and cramming song titles along the way, giving the sense of a surface history whizzing by. The early chapters come across as deeper and more satisfying than the late ones. Three and a half stars. This book traces the development of pop from the seven-inch forty-five rpm single, introduced in the late forties, to the decl [...]

    15. Impressive accomplishment! Keep Spotify to hand as you read to listen to the songs you don't know.

    16. Bob Stanley's Yeah Yeah Yeah is an ambitious work, setting to out cover no less than the entire history of pop music from just before the beginning of the rock & roll era (specifically, the publication of Britain's first weekly pop chart with the advent of the 45 rpm single as the primary medium of distribution) until the onset of the digital age with the arrival of mp3s and file-sharing. Stanley looks at pop and all of it's many strains through the decades, including rock, soul, folk, elect [...]

    17. This book is an incredibly ambitious and comprehensive undertaking which I think was executed fairly well. There's no doubt that an incredible amount of research went into it, and I generally enjoyed Stanley's writing. Writing about music is very tricky, but I think he did a good job: he made me want to listen to so many songs, albums, or artists, which is a high compliment.That said, I did have some issues with the book. Firstly, it wasn't unbiased - not that I was expecting that, but there wer [...]

    18. "Music, as it was in the pre-Edison nineteenth century, is in the air. The modern pop era is all there to be enjoyed and pilfered, curated, compiled, and recompiled, an endless, interchangeable jigsaw puzzle for future generations."A great overview of pop music, running the gamut from the birth of rock and roll in the early '50s to the rise of Napster and Beyoncé.Stanley's approach to writing about such an opinionated topic perfectly suited for this sort of venture: he isn't snobbish about any [...]

    19. fabulous book which chronicles pop from the first (British) chart in 1952 up until the turn (and just beyond) of the millennium. The writer has his own pop group - the wonderful St. Etienne - but how he finds time to record anything I'll never know as he must listen to a hundred new songs a day if this book is anything to go by. He covers so much ground, dividing pop history into movements and genres and micro-movements. Every page is stuffed with songs and there are over 750 pages. The man is g [...]

    20. An absolute feast of a book - simply, breathtakingly brilliant and surely nobody has done this better.I found myself enjoying the chapters and sections about artists I don't particularly care for far more than those which charted the musical journeys of my heroes - so the passages that illustrate the influence of the Bee Gees, Michael Jackson and Madonna were especially fascinating as were those that dealt with adult oriented rock in the manner of Foreigner and Journey, Deep Soul and Teeny Boppe [...]

    21. Vastly enjoyable read. Admirably catholic in that the author isn't prepared to rule out any form of popular music that had an impact on the charts, and hence covers movements as distinct as skiffle, doo wop, and ska and hence inevitably tells you about things you've never heard about, and better still reminds you about records you'd long forgotten about and suddenly desperately need to hear again, like those pre disco Bee Gees' singles or the classic Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield collaboratio [...]

    22. I was always going to love this book - written by Bob Stanley, music journalist and also member of one of my favourite pop groups of all time (the miraculous Saint Etienne), it's a look-back over the history of "pop" - defined by Stanley pretty broadly as anything that gets in the charts. So over 750 pages or so, he takes us from the birth of rock 'n' roll, through skiffle, Merseybeat, doo wop, girl groups, soul, glam rock, psychedelia, disco, prog, punk, post-punk, new wave, hip hop, indie, hou [...]

    23. Good fun, this. The shapeshifting history of pop music (1952-1999 RIP) told as breathlessly as one of Fluff's old chart rundowns. Previously, Bob Stanley had channeled his love of pop through his band Saint Etienne: a colourful blend of 60s girl groups, Brill Building, Northern Soul, disco, indie, dance and so on. This book is basically an extension of that same crate-digging, Top 40-taping obsession; only written as almost a kind of Bayeux Tapestry of chart music.Stanley takes an unapologetical [...]

    24. This is quite simply the best book on music I've ever read. It's 800 pages long and I could easily have read 800 more. Pop enthusiasts will lap it up but there is something here for even the most casual music fan, such is the breadth of genres covered. Bob Stanley writes with such passion and enthusiasm that it is impossible not to get carried away with his love of all things pop. He not afraid to share his honest opinions along the way - you can tell that Paul is favourite Beatle, that he prefe [...]

    25. I'd give this book more than 5 stars if it were possible, as it's so much more than simply a book for bedtime reading; you're shortchanging yourself if that's all you do. I cannot read a chapter without going to youtube and searching for many of the songs mentioned. Songs you've never heard before, songs you haven't heard in ages, songs that remind you of a different time, a different place, in your life. I'm continually being stunned by hearing things I'd not heard before, great songs that some [...]

    26. Think you know a bit about pop music?.Well you might,but I guarantee it will be far less then the vast knowledge on display in this splendid book.Broken into small (around ten page) chapters but nevertheless told as nearly as chronologically as I think is possible with such a sprawling topic,Bob Stanley has produced a delight,that I had to restrain myself to only reading a hundred pages a day in order to prolong the pleasureOnce you get going,you will sympathise,believe me!opinionated and with g [...]

    27. Brilliant, interesting, well-written, with goodies on almost all groups and almost all groups are mentioned, the history of pop from the beginning through all its various stages, including Jamaica and the Nirvana. For all music lovers!Fantastico, interessante, ben scritto, con chicche su quasi tutti i gruppi e quasi tutti i gruppi vengono citati, la storia del pop dall'inizio attraverso tutti i suoi vari passaggi, compreso quello per la Jamaica e per i Nirvana. Per tutti gli amanti della musica! [...]

    28. "Pop music creates desire: first and foremost for more pop music—this is a business after all—but also for increasingly adventurous, some might say outrageous, sounds and images. The pop era, as defined by Bob Stanley, created an appetite for disruption. That’s the shadow side to all the effortlessly great art we got out of the deal."Robert Dean Lurie reviews: theamericanconservative

    29. Fresco, directo e instructivo, este libro consigue atraer a todo el que quiera aprender sobre los orígenes de la música pop en cualquiera de sus vertientes o etapas.PUEDES VER NUESTRA VIDEORRESEÑA AQUÍ: elbuscalibros/yeah-yeah-y

    30. A staggering, joyous, insightful and hilarious book that encapsulates everything great about pop. It's best enjoyed with an iPad and good headphones for the inevitable youtube/spotify trawls you'll make on every page, and despite its heft it's just like a great pop single: when you reach the end you'll want to start it all over again. Just wonderful.

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