"First published in Great Britain by Faber and Faber Limited [in 2013] under the title Yeah, yeah, yeah : the story of modern pop"--Title page verso.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 557-559) and index.
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Introduction -- Prologue -- A note on the US paperback edition -- Part one. Flip, flop, and fly: Bill Haley and jump blues - A mess of blues: Elvis Presley - Put your cat clothes on: Sun records and rockabilly - Teenage wildlife: rock 'n' roll - Rock with the cavemen: skiffle and British rock 'n' roll - Whispering bells: doo wop - 1960: it will stand - Walk with me in paradise garden: Phil Spector and Joe Meek - The trouble with boys: the brill building and girl groups -- Part two. Act naturally: the Beatles - Needles and pins: the beat boom - Who's driving your plane? The Rolling stones - This is my prayer: the birth of soul - The rake's progress: Bob Dylan - America strikes back: the Byrds and folk rock - Up the ladder to the roof: Tamla Motown - 1966: the London look - Endless summer: the Beach boys - The golden road: San Francisco and psychedelia - Pop gets sophisticated: soft rock - Crying in the streets: deep soul - I can't sing, I ain't pretty, and my legs are thin: hard rock - Bubblegum is the naked truth: the Monkees -- Part three. 1970: everything's gone gray - Freddie's dead: electrified soul - State of independence: Jamaica - It came from the suburbs: glam - The sound of Philadelphia: soft soul - Progressive rock (and simpler pleasures) - Young love: Weenyboppers and boy bands - See that girl: Abba - Beyond the blue horizon: country and western - Before and after the gold rush: Laurel Canyon - 1975: storm warning -- Part four. Courage, audacity and revolt: the sex pistols, the clash, and punk rock - Cranked up really high: punk rock - Pleasantly antagonistic: new wave - Supernature: disco - Islands in the stream: the Bee Gees - Routine is the enemy of music: post-punk - A shark in jet's clothing: America after punk - This is tomorrow: Kraftwerk and electropop - Adventures on the wheels of steel: early rap - Here comes that feeling: new pop - American rock (ooh yeah) - Just a king in mirrors: Michael Jackson - Highs in the mid-eighties: Prince and Madonna - Some kind of monster: metal - Poised over the pause button: the Smiths, REM, and the birth of indie - 1985: what the f--- is going on? - We were never being boring: pet shop boys and new order -- Part five. Chicago and Detroit: house and techno - Smiley culture: acid house and Manchester - 1991: bassline changed my life - All eyez on me: hip hop - This is how your disappear: bristol, shoegazing, and a new psychedelia - As a defense, I'm neutered and spayed: grunge - Ever decreasing circles: blur, suede, and Britpop - A vision of love: R&B -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- Sources -- Select bibliography -- Index.
As much fun to argue with as to quote, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! traces 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.