Bob Stanley’s 10 best music histories

Little Richard and Bill Haley rock 1956

Bob Stanley writes: One of the reasons I wanted to write Yeah Yeah Yeah is because it didn't already exist.

There wasn't a book that followed pop music's development from the start of the 1950s, when the introduction of vinyl records, the "hit parade", the weekly music press and the Dansette – the first portable musical hardware – created the modern pop era.

There were plenty of books out there on genres, micro-genres, even specific songs, and some of these are among my favourite books. Without the 10 I've listed here, all big inspirations, Yeah Yeah Yeah would have been much harder and much less fun to pull together