Bob Stanley ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah – The Story Of Modern Pop’ – book reviewBob Stanley

‘Yeah Yeah Yeah – The Story Of Pop’ (Faber & Faber)
Published 23rd September

Writing a complete history of pop is a very ambitious task, especially when the title of the book itself, ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’, kinda of says everything you need to know about the art form in three perfect words that capture pop’s lack of patience- three words that cut to the core and primal sex beat that drives the mini symphonies for kids into the heart of our psyche.

Luckily the task of extending the three classic words into an extended slab is in the hands of Bob Stanley, who has always been one of our most eloquent writers and has the pop obsession necessary for such tasks.

I’ve known ‘rocking Bob’ for years through his writing on the now defunct Melody Maker when we were both writing about the early Stone Roses for opposing titles to his band St Etienne and their brilliant mix of classic and contemporary pop- a fusion that drips through this book and its understanding that pop is forever classic whether it’s the Beatles or Beyonce- the dream is the same and the music that sits at the top of the creative pop charts never died contrary to older, tireder or more snobby elements. It’s this modern plethora of multi faceted pop that is as equally fascinating as the past classics.

This deep love of the culture is what makes the book and its brilliantly written and detailed take down of what makes pop tick and of the wonderful and diverse music that has been created, a music that is the real commentary on these times, that makes this book work.

Swerving the tired dry academic tale of pop this is a huge thrilling read fused with the love of the form that gets to the core of just what pop is about as it changes its focus from one decade to the next and will be acknowledged as one of the key books on the form

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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