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Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop [Format Kindle]

Bob Stanley

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Modern pop began in 1952 when the first British chart was published and the first 7" singles were released. It ended (perhaps) in 1995 when Robson and Jerome reached the top of the charts with the first number one not to be available on vinyl since 1953. The internet age ushered in the death rites of over 40 years of pop.

A Complete History Pop describes the journey that leads from 'Rock Around the Clock' to 'Crazy in Love'. Raw, thrilling, surprising and sometimes downright dangerous, the Pop moment almost always clocks in under 3:30 and is initially, immediately recognised by a teenage listener.

Billy Fury. Chuck Berry. Sonny and Cher. The Troggs. Glen Campbell. Bee Gees. Roxy Music. Chic. Slade. Sex Pistols. Adam and the Ants. Pet Shop Boys. New Order. Madonna. Bob Stanley's A Complete History of Pop documents the rich soundtrack of the last six decades as it has been heard on radios and jukeboxes across the land.

There have been many books on pop but very few, if any, have attempted to bring the whole story to life from rock n roll to house and techno in all its various sub-permutations. Audacious and addictive, A Complete History of Pop is a one-stop pop shop for the music lover everywhere.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Yeah Yeah Yeah 16 septembre 2013
Par S Riaz - Publié sur
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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, Larry Parnes and fledging British rock, Joe Meek, Phil Spector, the Brill Building and Elvis, among others.

Generally, each part of the book concentrates on a decade - the fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties and the start of the nineties. I have to admit that I found the first half of the book the most interesting, but that probably just reflects my musical tastes. However, whether you are a fan of the Beatles, Dylan, Motown, Glam Rock, Punk, Britpop or anything in between, they are all covered. Although the author obviously cannot give detailed biographies of every artist involved in popular music, he puts bands and styles of music in context and assesses their legacy. Also, despite the huge time period and amount of musical styles and bands covered, there is an abundance of interesting and funny stories, which bring each section to life. This is a book that you will be quoting from for some time if you read it and I cannot think of a better gift for a music lover. Considering the task that the author set himself, this is a magnificent achievement.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 the amazing bob stanley 22 octobre 2013
Par daniel singer - Publié sur
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The author, Bob Stanley, besides being part of one of the best bands of the last 20 years, Saint Etienne, has written one of the best books about pop music in the last 20 years. That the breadth of the subject covered is included in one volume is a triumph of his writing, organization and editing. This is a book you will keep going back to.
This is a history from Stanley's personal point of view, and there will be quibbling about his opinions and who he left out. Simon and Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, and Steely Dan are all sort of quickly dismissed, while he devotes 2 chapters to ABBA and the Bee Gees. Some artists are barely mentioned (Nyro and Drake). Mostly, he is right on. In brief comments, he lifts up both The Association and Slowdive, and says Morrissey is the best lyricist Great Britain has produced. Hurray.
All facets of pop music are covered in the book, from shoegazing to house, from British folk to Philly Soul. This is an incredible one-stop history and a real achievement. Great work, Bob.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It toes the anti-rockism line pretty sharply though 4 août 2014
Par Joe Omalley - Publié sur
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A well written overview of pop from the 50's to the early 90's. It is compulsively readable.

It toes the anti-rockism line pretty sharply though. Poor Bob Marley. He is some how less authentic than the Monkees now. Along with U2, the Clash, Bruce Springfield and Led Zeppelin, if you are an American, your favorite band sucks. Which is ok, but I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone naive enough to actually believe it. Think of the kids.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 wide overview, not deep 18 août 2014
Par Angela Reis - Publié sur
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A very broad (and definitely not deep) history of pop music. It's primarily a sorting exercise, putting artists in the right genre chapter, allowing us to see trends. Soul, disco, glam, you name it. Even one lonely little paragraph on country/western. And most groups get a sentence or two of judgement, some a couple paragraphs, and the really big ones got chapters devoted to them (Elvis, Beatles, etc). But even though he only gets a chance to make one comment about most groups, he goes out of his way to make it punchy. He's got an opinion about all these groups, and he's happy to share in a light hearted way. The Turtles were undervalued for not being good looking enough. Debby Harry was undervalued for being too good looking. U2, oh, no. And don't get him started on Madonna. See? Don't you want to jump in there and argue?

It's makes for great group reading -- I dropped tidbits into many conversations. And it's fun. But don't expect any great revelation from it. I was hoping for a little more about technology and cultural trends, and there's just not enough there. He just didn't have the time.

I also want to take issue with his conclusion that the golden age of pop is over now, and all the rest is basically remixing. No one can make a new sound anymore. This strikes me as history-deaf (like tone-deaf? what's the word I'm looking for...). In art and music, as in science, have many times declared that the age of discovery and creativity is over, simply because they can't see anything new on the horizon from where they stand. These folks have time and again been proven wrong, and I have no doubt that Stanley will be, too. And I'm sure he'll be happy about it. In any case, this big pink book is recommended for a fun overview of pop.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Much, Much Needed 4 avril 2014
Par Ashley Lambert-Maberly - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
After reading How the Beatles Destroyed Rock and Roll, I was champing at the bit for a book which covered what happened next!

I'm reading this one very, very slowly ... every time he mentions an artist or song I'm unfamiliar with, which happens very, very often, it's off to the Internet for a listen. I've discovered more amazing music in the last few weeks than in the last few years. It's been an amazing ride.

I'm actually only 35% of the way through, but have no reason to believe that the fine writing, rich detail, unexpected surprises, and deft descriptions would not continue. His ability to conjure up sounds with words rivals the best food writers ability to do the same with taste: "Next came a muted electric piano that sounded like it was being played in a haunted house, the soft tribal thud of a bass drum suggesting smoke signals ... "

This is a remarkable book.
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