The Story Of Modern Pop Music

Bob Stanley has written “Yeah Yeah Yeah,” which, as its title suggests, is a love song to pop. It sticks up two fingers to “rockism,” that school of rock historiography which prizes authenticity, musicians who play their own songs, artistes above one-hit wonders, sweaty men rather than pretty women like Debbie Harry (pictured). Stanley writes well about both Dylan and Donovan, but it’s clear that he prefers the latter. As you read this book you’ll find yourself arguing with the author every step of the way.

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