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 Review

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.

Title:Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé
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  • Paul Bryant

    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 s...

  • Nigeyb

    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 t...

  • Kristen

    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...

  • Jon Arnold

    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...

  • Clementine

    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 ...

  • Susan

    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 lo...

  • Alex Sarll

    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 m...

  • Bart

    One hell of a rollercoaster ride through the second half of 20th century pop music history.An era when you physically bought something, took it home and cherished it until your next pocketmoney. Then ...

  • Joachim Stoop

    4+Terrific! Pop music is broader than the genre itself. All music that once was popular from the 40s till now.Only the last chapters came across a bit hurried and haphazardly done ...

  • Christian

    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 publicatio...