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    Yeah, Yeah, Yeah - The Story of Modern Pop

    Yeah, Yeah, Yeah - The Story of Modern Pop
    Some say the golden age of popular music may be over - or is it? Bob Stanley’s new book Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop is a revealing insight into popular music, and as a devotee of popular culture, I ventured down to Leaf on Water Street to see what some of the industry professionals had to say.

    If you haven’t been to a Faber Social before, needless to say you will not be disappointed! Organised in conjunction with Waterstone’s Liverpool, I waltzed into the grand and beautiful architecture of West Africa House; the vibe in the room electric. The audience and myself awaited the arrival of our esteemed panel of guests - Author Bob Stanley, Former NME journalist Paul De Noyer, Big in Japan’s Jayne Casey and synth-pop pioneer Andy McClusky of OMD - eagerly anticipating their reflections on modern popular music and its future. Whatever your opinions on the current debates in the music industry (and believe me, my own views can be quite feisty!), this panel certainly knew the ins and outs of it all.

    Of course pop music means different things to most people. When asked what popular music is, our panel’s answers ranged from music that fits an audience to music that quite literally is just popular. Reflecting on the bygone era where the charts dominated, both Andy and Jayne commented on the chart show as the competition and the sales man’s game, an essential benchmark previously for any musician. Shedding a metaphorical tear at the demise of sitting in your bedroom listening to the chart show (a rite of passage for any teenager), it was clear that the era of television chart shows may sadly be over - a thought re-emphasised when only one person in the room actually knew who was at number one that week.

    Yeah, Yeah, Yeah - The Story of Modern PopDelving into discussion about Liverpool’s musical heritage, how the industry is trying to adapt with new technological developments and the music press’ influence, their fascinating and revealing reflections were finally opened for questioning by the audience - and I was raring to go. Although their discussions were relatively about the re- cording industry, I was interested to know their thoughts about the flourishing live industry. Paul De Noyer’s rhetorical question about whether popular music is created first in the live terrain or in the studio was equally matched by Jayne’s statement that massive leaps forward creatively can only be made in the live terrain - satisfactory answers to my own curiosities.

    Even if the the recording music industry seems to be in decline, Modern Popular Music (and the love of more so) is a bustling business. It was an absolute thrill to hear this wonderful panel of guests talk about a subject that is so ingrained into society. Speaking to Paul De Noyer, Andy Mc- Clusky and Jayne Casey after the event, I felt honoured to be discussing music with three people who I have so much respect and admiration for and I will certainly be reading Bob Stanley’s book. The recording industry may be dead, but its legacy is ever lasting.

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