Yes Stories: Yes In Their Own Words

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9780312144531: Yes Stories: Yes In Their Own Words

Yes is one of the most successful rock bands of all time. Along their twenty-eight-year journey came Grammys, fiascos, pranks, squabbles--and million of fans around the world.

Yesstories is the story of their rise from garage-band amateurs to arena-rock superstars, told as only they could tell it.

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Fellow 1960s rock icons such as Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones have done it, and now Yes becomes the subject of an "in their own words" compilation. The aim is to give the dedicated fan a healthy look at the band's creative processes. This approach suits Yes better than many pop acts, because, being SERIOUS ARTISTS, the Yes-men's rantings have been preserved more comprehensively. Whether you think Yes' music is pretentious, pompous schlock or a high-concept grafting of classical music sensibilities onto rock music's urgency, reading the book will likely confirm your beliefs: one band member's likening of a Yes song to a hymn and several band members' lists of indispensable music (a little Hendrix, a little Stravinsky, a little Joni Mitchell, a little Leonard Bernstein, a lot of Keith Jarrett) reveal much about Yes' orientation and ambitions. A nice addition to any pop-music library. Mike Tribby

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"Bravo! Yesstories is a masterpiece!" --Patrick Moraz, Keyboards

"I enjoyed reading this book and have actually learned things about the band from it." --Bill Bruford, Drums

"An accurate history of Yes...it's very good." --Geoff Downes, Keyboards

"Very, very good." --Trevor Rabin, Keyboards and Guitar

"It's the only Yes thing I've actually enjoyed looking at." --Peter Banks, Guitar

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