Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

The Story of Pop Music From Bill Haley to Beyoncé

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, 2014
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780393242690
Branch Call Number: 781.6409 Sta
Characteristics: xxii, 599 pages


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Jul 08, 2015

Usually when someone writes a book about pop music they focus on a particular artist (Iggy Pop, Kurt Cobain), a particular genre (punk, hip-hop), or a particular period (NYC in the 70s, Seattle in the 90s). Pop music is so big and so splintered, that few people attempt a comprehensive history anymore. Someone didn't tell Bob Stanley, who plays in the indie band Saint Etienne. As the subtitle indicates, Stanley goes all in with this spirited, opinionated, wide-ranging, and very funny book. Everyone will find something to argue about, but also find new insights to familiar artists. Stanley is like a guy who run into at a party who turns out to know everything about every band ever. It could be annoying, but Stanley is a highly entertaining guide, as he moves from punk to indie to reggae to hip-hop to techno and more. This book is a far more successful version of Greil Marcus's recent snooze-fest "A History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs." One of the best music books in recent memory. I hope he writes another. "Bob Marley was as niche-marketed and musically simplified as the Bay City Rollers."

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