Let's Do It: The Birth of Pop Music: A History

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6.35 X 9.22 X 2.0 inches | 1.81 pounds

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About the Author
Bob Stanley, author of the acclaimed Let's Do It: The Birth of Pop Music and Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé, has worked as a music journalist, DJ, and record-label owner, and he is the cofounder and keyboard player for the band Saint Etienne. He lives in London.
"Tells the story of American and British pop music almost as engagingly as the songs themselves."-- "Glenn Gamboa, Newsday"
"An ambitious undertaking. Stanley's bold positions connect pop's many dots in fresh and fascinating patterns."-- "Christian Science Monitor"
"For those who wish to enjoy a compelling musical mystery tour of the first half of the twentieth century--written with insight, thoroughly researched stories, and compelling opinions--this book is well worth the trip. It's a deep-dive into an era I love and know well, and in devouring this tome I learned a thing or two along the way!"

--Michael Feinstein, author of The Gershwins and Me and the founder of the Great American Songbook Foundation
"An encyclopedic introduction to the fascinating and often forgotten creators of Anglo-American hit music in the first half of the twentieth century."

--Neil Tennant, The Pet Shop Boys
"Bob Stanley's brilliantly entertaining book reveals how pop trends were made, and how racism has skewed the narrative. Dauntingly ambitious . . . Let's Do It is an essential book for lovers of popular music." -- "The Telegraph, "Forget everything you think you know about pop""
"Stanley does an inspired job of identifying and describing all the tangled roots of pre-rock popular music . . . a vast amount of it is far too good to be forgotten."-- "The Times of London"
"I know a lot about popular music. I didn't know half of this."--David Hepworth, author of 1971: Never a Dull Moment
"Magnificent! Bob Stanley is in a league all his own." --Nik Cohn, author of Yes We Have No: Adventures in the Other England and The Heart of the World
"An absolute landmark/joy/gossip-fest/door to Narnia: the history of pop music BEFORE rock'n'roll. SO fascinating. Can't recommend enough." --Caitlin Moran, author of More Than a Woman
"Totally delicious and [full of] why-didn't-I-think-of-that connections. We're incredibly lucky to have this detailed map."--David Kirby, Wall Street Journal
"An immensely entertaining pop-music survey course. Engagingly opinionated and often very, very funny. Joyful, smart, and addictive, just like the best pop songs, and a must for music fans everywhere."--Booklist (starred)
"Bob Stanley loves and finds surprising connections between a thousand kinds of pop. He makes me want to run to the nearest record store and move in."--Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields