Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop
Submitted by Alan33 on 8 December 2013 - 11:32pm
A wonderful book about the history of modern pop and rock music from the very first music chart in 1952, up until around 2002 and the rise of digital music. The book is split into five parts( each part being roughly a decade) and in each part the book looks at all the genres of music which evolved during that time, many overlapping each other. So from the first chart it takes us through the crooners of the early fifties, the birth of rock and roll, skiffle , then into the sixties and the Brill Building era, Merseybeat, Dylan, Tamla Motown, Soul, and on and on through each decade and each new genre of music. The subject range is huge, so each band, group or singer can't be gone into in great detail but nevertheless there is so much interesting information in this book it has to be a music lovers bible. Definitely one to read again and again. Be warned though, it will take you ages to read as you will be stopping after each chapter to listen to the songs previously mentioned.
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Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
Anyone who loves their music and pop history ( this book was surely written with the Afterword in mind) and are interested to find out more about how modern music evolved from the big bands of the late forties,early fifties to Heavy Metal less than twenty years later, and punk fifteen years after that and so on.
One thing you've learned:
That the fifty years this book covers was indeed a golden era and one sadly that we will probably never see again. When bands had to sell half a million or more to get to number 1 in the charts. Also, the rise of digital media, whilst being a wonderful thing and one which I indeed use myself, meant the death of most record shops in this country which means there is a whole generation growing up who don't know what a thrill it was to buy a record. Not that exciting clicking "Buy Now" is it?