Pop music didn't begin with the Beatles in 1963, or with Elvis Presley in 1956, or even with the first seven-inch singles in 1949. There was a pre-history that went back to the first recorded music, right back to the turn of the century . . .
Who were the earliest record stars, and were they in any meaningful way 'pop stars'? Who were the likes of George Gershwin writing songs for? Why did swing, the hit sound for a decade or more, become almost invisible after the Second World War?
The prequel to Bob Stanley's Yeah Yeah Yeah, Let's Do It is the first book to tell the definitive story of the birth of pop, from the invention of the 78 rpm record at the end of the nineteenth century to the beginnings of rock and the modern pop age. Taking in superstars such as Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra alongside the unheralded songwriters and arrangers behind some of our most enduring songs, Bob Stanley paints an aural portrait of pop music's formative years in stunning clarity, uncovering the silver threads and golden needles that bind the form together.
Bringing the eclectic, evolving world of early pop to life - from ragtime, blues and jazz to Broadway, country, crooning and beyond - Let's Do It is essential reading for all music lovers.
Fans are invited to return toInfinite Disco, the worldwide performance spectacular originally broadcasted in 2020. The 50-minute special performance was met with widespread acclaim and features tracks fromDISCOalong with some Kylie classics.
Former Cocteau Twins vocalistElizabeth Fraserhas unveiled her first new music in 13 years. The new track,Golden Air, comes via theSun’s Signatureproject with partnerDamon Reece. The pair’s self-titled five-song EP arrives on 18 June viaPartisan Recordswith a digital release to follow in July.
The first germs of the ideas date back as far asCocteau Twins’ split in 1997 and embryonic versions of the songs were first debuted at theANOHNI-curatedMeltdown Festivalback in 2012.Elizabeth Fraser, who at that point had not performed live for several years admitted she was “Shitting kittens at the prospect of making an audience [of close to 6,000 people] sit through 10 songs they had never heard before.”
“Detail – very high on detail,” is the wayDamon Reecedescribes the process behind theSun’s Signatureproject development. He citesBernard HerrmannandJohn Barry’s soundtrack work as part inspiration behind “the constant re-editing and re-recording of component parts” deployed to advance the material.