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Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonc | Bob Stanley
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This encyclopedic history of pop music begins with Bill Haley & the Comet's 1954 hit, Rock Around the Clock and continues up through Beyonc's first huge hit in 2003, Crazy in Love, touching on all the groups and genres in between. 17,000 first printing.
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shortsarahrose
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This was a lot of fun, and Stanley seems to be a similar type of pop fan as I am, though not always of the same opinion. I feel he was a bit too grumpy about the ‘80s and ‘90s and the very British perspective seemed to shortchange the significance of hip hop and country. I also think he‘s wrong about the modern pop era being “over” just because of changes in technology and media (to be fair, this was published in ‘13; things look different in ‘20)

shortsarahrose The fact that I am a 31 year old, female, American, who grew up with the music at the tail end of the book and beyond, certainly shapes my opinion that pop isn‘t over. 2y
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“A single called ‘The Burial‘ sampled Tracy Chapman. But this time they [Shut Up and Dance] wouldn‘t get shut down - now there were entire legal teams to deal with samples. The industry had caught up and, if they hadn‘t tamed dance music, they‘d still turned it into a manageable, album-format genre. PJ and Smiley weren‘t bitter. They were aware of their place in the scheme of things. ‘It‘s how you do things,‘ said PJ...”

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“Returning home, their [the Go-Go‘s] first album, 1980‘s Beauty and the Beat, included the waterfall-fresh singles ‘Our Lips Are Sealed‘ (no. 20, ‘81) and ‘We Got the Beat‘ (no. 2, ‘81). It became the first number-one album to be written and performed by an all-female band. A year later they were all dressed as surfing cheerleaders on the cover of Vacation. Here was another way beyond post-punk‘s impasse.”

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“None of this makes any sense until you remember their [the Bee Gees] upbringing: cocooned, with extreme arrested development, they had no instincts for cool pop moves.”

Suet624 I had no idea they were so cocooned. 2y
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“Dr. Feelgood‘s commercial success was an exception: most random bursts of disaffected 1975 noise disappeared into cardboard boxes - discarded by critics, underpromoted by the industry - and were only unearthed two or three decades later by modern pop archaeologists. A few of these isolated attempts to break free, to extemporate mid-seventies angst, are astonishing. Spunky Spider had maybe the ugliest name ever...”

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“The LA sky in 1976 was flawless, as if a nip-and-tuck surgeon had removed the creases. LA was the industry. And CSN [Crosby, Stills, and Nash] now looked and smelled like the industry rather than the underground. The Laurel Canyon scene was rank, sloppy, and happy to peddle such weak fare as James Taylor‘s gutted version of the old Marvin Gaye hit ‘How Sweet It Is‘ (no. 4, ‘77). Desiccated, devoid of joy, it was time for pop to go back home...”

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shortsarahrose
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“Beyond this, there was simply a lot more water to swim in. It felt like San Francisco had given modern pop a sixth and a seventh sense, something that even the hep parents who dug Elvis and the Beatles couldn‘t really get their heads around.”

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“[The Shadows‘] best single was ‘Wonderful Land,‘ a UK number one in early ‘62. It was probably written as a hymn to America, its glamour, its color, and its endless skies. But what I hear in ‘Wonderful Land‘ is a British dream of the future, the primary-colored optimism of postwar Britain, people moving to the new towns ringing London, the space and light in the bright open spaces of Crawley and Stevenage...”

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“The music of 1952 was the music of the generation who had been in the war, and if some craved more of the same excitement and exotica, plenty craved calm, reserve, and culture that hinted more than it blared. The later idea that modern pop was all about the spreading around of forbidden knowledge didn‘t really count in the decade after the war ended, when there was pretty good reason for people not to be sharing the things they‘d learned...”

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rabbitprincess
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This book is PACKED with information and would merit multiple readings, ideally with a playlist of the songs mentioned in each chapter. I hope I‘ll be open to trying more new music after seeing just how varied and cool pop music is.

shortsarahrose Just put a hold on this at my library 👍🏻 2y
rabbitprincess @shortsarahrose Excellent! Hope you like it 😊 2y
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rabbitprincess
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Belated wrap-up post from @Sace ‘s Read With Me event this past weekend. Finished four books in four days. Just finished the tagged this afternoon, after the readathon. Haven‘t started the Nigel Tranter yet, but will probably do this evening.

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“the Doctor Who theme remains arguably the most influential electronic record ever made.”

I am prepared to buy this argument, but I am monstrously biased 🤣

obviateit 😂💯 2y
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rabbitprincess
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There is a point on [I Heard Her Call My Name], immediately after [Lou] Reed sings “and then my mind split open,” where you can actually hear a tear in the time-space continuum. This was 1967, but it was also 1977. And 1987. Reed and Cale had somehow created a noise so brand new that it tore a hole in pop‘s natural state of progression...

SamAnne Huge Lou Reed fan. 2y
rabbitprincess @SamAnne I'm going to have to listen to this song to hear what the author was referring to! 2y
SamAnne @rabbitprincess Velvet Underground definitely were the antithesis of the Beatles. I had nearly all their albums at one time. 2y
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« Resident beat group at the Iron Door were the Searchers, fronted by an ex-boxer with a squashed nose called Tony Jackson. »

Makes it sound like the guy‘s nose is called Tony Jackson ?

Lcsmcat Misplaced modifiers can be so amusing. But really, editors. 🙄 2y
rabbitprincess @Lcsmcat Even the best editors have only about a 95% save percentage, error-wise. No text will be error-free. I share this not to criticize editors, because I am one. This is a sneaky kind of error and very easy to miss if you‘re focusing on other things. I simply thought it amusing and would feel the same if it were in a text I was editing. 2y
Lcsmcat @rabbitprincess Not meant as a criticism of editors, but of publishers for cutting back on editors. We need them, and when there are budget cuts, they seem to be the first to be let go. Especially in journalism, but also at publishing houses. 2y
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rabbitprincess @Lcsmcat Amen! I‘m living the « not being valued » part of it at the moment, too, so feeling especially prickly about it ? 2y
Lcsmcat @rabbitprincess I hear you. Our newspaper has gotten laughable because there was a merger, they got rid of “duplicative” positions to save money, and it turned out that somehow ALL the copy editors were duplicative. 🙄 2y
rabbitprincess @Lcsmcat Ugh that is awful! ☹️ 2y
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Melismatic
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I‘m mad I didn‘t know more about Ms Wanda Jackson before today! Her growl-y rockabilly style is such a mood.

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MicrobeMom
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So Aug 9th is book lovers day! So happy happy everyone!!

Crazeedi Yay!👏👏 let's everyone read all day!!🙂 3y
JaneyWaneyB Happy Book Lovers Day 📚💖 3y
Birdsong28 Love Belle 😍😘📚📖 3y
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Libby1
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This is my husband‘s selection for #SheLovesYou . The answer is obviously Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

#HeyJune

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Cinfhen Another book I‘d like to own #yeahyeahyeah 5y
Libby1 Excellent, @Cinfhen ! 5y
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Garabrandtreviews
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Hit a milestone! It's been fun with you all! Can't wait to see what everyone does next.

DuckOfDoom Congrats!!🎉📚 6y
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Kalalalatja
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I feel better about posting my #yearofbooks from Goodreads now. 😄 I reached my goal of reading 100 books, and went over it too which is awesome!

megt Awesome! Congrats! 6y
Reviewsbylola 🎉🎉 6y
vivastory Congratulations 👏 👏 🎊 📖 6y
bookwrm526 Nniiicccceee!!!!! 6y
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BookBabe
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@MrBook and I are in the Big Apple, having a swell discussion about this book and about music with our 20/30-Something Long Reads Book Club! 🍫📚🎶

Lynnsoprano Book + Ritter =❤️ 6y
elkeOriginal Cornflakes Ritter Sport are the BEST!! 6y
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6y
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BookBabe @elkeo I agree! 😁 6y
BookBabe @Lynnsoprano Yes! 😁🙌🏻 6y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 6y
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MrBook
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@BookBabe & I are running a meeting of our #The2030SomethingLongReadsBookClub! I ate my breakfast sandwich already, sorry 😜. It was gooood 😋: Taylor ham, egg, & cheese on a roll. Mmmmmm! What a great discussion 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! Wish you all were here with us!

Zelma What a fun in-person book club we all could have! A Litsy group would be a hoot. 6y
bookandcat Clearly from North Jersey if you call it Taylor Ham! 😂 6y
LeahBergen Mmm... Ritter Sport 6y
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UwannaPublishme We're there in spirit. 😊 So how many clubs do you both host? 6y
BookBabe 😊👍🏻 6y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 6y
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BookBabe
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#BookNDinner! I finally managed to pry my book from Coale's fuzzy little paws! 😹 Tonight's feast is comprised of baked teriyaki and garlic herb marinated salmon fillets, steakhouse seasoned garlic green beans, and white sushi rice, paired with a pot of organic Kukicha Japanese green tea. 🍵 Yum! This has been another production of #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😋

Yossarian I live down the street from a member of the Indie Rock Group The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Every time I see him I remember that I keep meaning to listen to one of their songs, and I'm embarrassed that I haven't, but then I forget again after I leave. 6y
Reviewsbylola That salmon looks amazing! I rarely ever make salmon because it's not worth hearing my teenager complain. 😂😒 6y
Clare-Dragonfly I'm sorry, I'm distracted by your TEAPOT WARMER. My husband and I need that in our lives! 6y
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Lola Love the book holder! 6y
MrBook 😋👍🏻 6y
UwannaPublishme Yum! 😍👍🏻 6y
LitsyGoesPostal 😎👌🏻 6y
BookBabe @Clare-Dragonfly 😂👍🏻 I understand completely! Here's the link if you want one: Adagio Teas Concert Teapot 30 oz. Glass Teapot & Wooden Stand 🔘http://amzn.to/2fbFTKF 6y
BookBabe @Lola Thanks! 😊 Here's the link for the book stand. It's so handy! Mighty Bright 37401 Fold-n-Stow Book Holder http://amzn.to/2ba15lA 6y
BookBabe @Yossarian lol! Yeah, I think I heard that one song by them, years ago. 6y
Lola @BookBabe Thanks for the link! I just ordered it! 👍🏻 6y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this very dark evening: teriyaki salmon fillets, white rice, steakhouse garlic green beans, and sparkling lemon water. MMMMMM 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

BookishMarginalia Looks yummy! Though I miss the tots. 🤔Green beans is just not the same! 😇 6y
Haweller I always find myself just a bit disappointed when there are no tator tots. Not that man should live by tator tot alone. 6y
LeahBergen Is @BookBabe making you eat your veggies? Yay, @BookBabe ! 😂 6y
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Dorianna That salmon looks so good. I'm curious to see what you think of your book when you're done. It looks interesting. 6y
Sarahr875 No tots?!? 💔 6y
Reviewsbylola 😍😍😍 6y
MrBook @BookishMarginalia I heartily concur 😊👍🏻! @Haweller 😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻😎👌🏻! @LeahBergen Yep, this is all her fault 😜☺️👍🏻! @Dorianna Thank you 😊, and I will duly let you know 😁! @Sarahr875 Not this time, but next time... 😉👍🏻! @Reviewsbylola 😁👍🏻! 6y
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BookBabe
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Um, #Coale, can I have my book back now please? I need to finish it by the weekend! You can read it after I'm done. #catsofLitsy

DebinHawaii 🐱❤️ 6y
MrBook 😻😻😻 6y
LitsyGoesPostal 😎👌🏻 6y
Nerdfins 🐈 6y
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BookBabe
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As a snowstorm brews outside, #Coale and I are curled up in our living room, as I‘m reading and drinking tea and listening to soothing piano music. ☺️ 🎶🎹❄️📚

MrBook 😍😍😍😻😻😻 6y
scripturient That's the perfect way to wait out a (snow)storm. 😊 6y
Tanzy13 🐱 6y
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Zelma I see Coale finally gave up some room on your seat! 😆 6y
DebinHawaii Sounds like the perfect night! ❄️📚❤️ 6y
Lizpixie I want a snowstorm, instead of the humidity caused thunderstorms and 35C heat we have in Sydney!😫 6y
Texreader @Lizpixie Oh my that sounds dreadful! Hope it passes soon and you get some cool relief. 6y
littleblogofbooks This sounds like heaven! 6y
LauraBeth This sounds lovely 😀📚❄️🍵😺 6y
Ksvz Batman is reading with you. Purrrfection 6y
melbeautyandbooks Sounds awesome! 6y
LitsyGoesPostal 😎👌🏻 6y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this chilly evening: grilled teriyaki tilapia fillet; steamed white rice; steamed green beans; sparkling lemon water. This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Hollie Yummy! This looks delicious! 6y
Suzze I love that you two sit down for a meal every night! 6y
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OrangeMooseReads That looks really good 6y
Jaimelire No tater tots? 6y
MrBook @BookishMarginalia 😋👍🏻! @Hollie It was, thank you 😁👍🏻! @Suzze We couldn't do otherwise ☺️! @OrangeMooseReads It was amazing 😁👍🏻! @Jaimelire 😂👏🏻!! 6y
LitsyGoesPostal 😎👌🏻 6y
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BookBabe
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#BookNBrunch! 🍳 Scrambled eggs with New York Sharp Cheddar cheese, extra crispy tots, and crispy bacon, with a mug of organic loose leaf chamomile lemon tea! 😋 @MrBook and I are trying to power through these tomes in time for our Long Reads book club Meetup in NYC on Sunday. 📚🎶

MrBook 😍😍😍😋 6y
elkeOriginal Love the mug 😸 6y
PenguinInFlight I need that mug!! LOL. 🐶💓🐱 6y
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LitsyGoesPostal 😎👌🏻 6y
MaleficentBookDragon Great mug. 6y
MeganB Omg love the mug! 6y
Pete Great mug ☕️. Nothing like a long read and eggs. My own personal addition would be beer. 6y
Posemn Well, that mug is just bout perfect! 6y
Cinfhen Cute mug 💞 6y
Peddler410 I have to disagree on the mug message. My two legged, fur free child is pretty amazing. 🤓 6y
Lidia That book sounds interesting 😊 6y
NovelGirl82 I need that mug!! 6y
Brenley Your breakfasts look so delish! 6y
webhau1 My husband and I were at the store last night and I said "Let's get tater tots, this couple I follow on Litsy are always posting pictures of tater tots". Lol 6y
MrBook @webhau1 😂👏🏻🙌🏻!!! 6y
MyNamesParadise Tots!! 6y
melbeautyandbooks Tots! ❤️💕 6y
LitsyGoesPostal 😎👌🏻 6y
BookBabe @webhau1 😂😂👍🏻 That's awesome! Love it! 🙌🏻 6y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! #Libraryhaul edition. Reading this one for the #2030SomethingLongReadsBookClub that @BookBabe & I run 😁. Accompaniment includes: baked ziti with meat sauce; meatballs in marinara; warm buttered peasant bread; and Coke. MMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Suzze Yeah, yeah, yeah. My tween years in a single phrase. Saw the Beatles twice in person. I was 11 the first time. 6y
MrBook Oh, woooow! You did?! Amazing!!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 6y
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Cinfhen @Suzze what??? Really??? UH.MAY.ZING🙌🏻💞🤘🏼lucky☘️ 6y
Suzze @Cinfhen A memory I treasure! 6y
MrBook @BookishMarginalia 😁👏🏻! 6y
LitsyGoesPostal 😎👌🏻 6y
Jinjer Can I please move in with you guys??? The food! The books! The cat! The fireplace! But seriously where does one find peasant bread???? 6y
MrBook @Jinjer 😆👏🏻 You're great. Sure! Not sure where to find the peasant bread outside of our local supermarket, lol. 6y
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