Don't Eat the Yellow Snow

Pop Music Wisdom

We all know them. We have memories about them. But have we ever really taken them to heart? 250 beautifully illustrated advice songs from pop music history.
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Marcus Kraft
Article number: 9789063692889
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When times are particularly difficult, and you are likely to slip into despair, some of the greatest pop songs can provide true comfort to make it through the pain. The problem with advice in general is that we often don't take it. The great thing about advice songs is that you can kick back and listen to someone else coach you through a tough situation while rocking out at the same time.

This wonderful book lists 250 of the best pop songs for those times that solid life advice is needed. The songs represent all popular music styles from the last fifty years, from rock to folk, and from punk to hip hop.

There are for example many times in which the three words "let it be" are words of wisdom. Although the lyrics may have originally been written in reference to interpersonal difficulties within the Beatles, the song does possess a universality that makes "Let It Be" one of the great advice pop songs of all time.

Other famous pop music advice to live by:

  • "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones
  • "If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free" by Sting
  • "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
  • "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" by Eric Idle

Don't Eat the Yellow Snow (Frank Zappa) is a collection of all the famous advice songs and many surprises as well. It gives the reader the song titles, painted by hand by the designer, and a striking quote from the song lyrics as well as indices on artist and themes.

This well produced, iconic looking album of words of wisdom from pop music is the perfect gift for music lovers of all ages.


Marcus Kraft is an art director, graphic designer, typographer and owner of Studio Marcus Kraft, based in Zurich, Switzerland. From his studio he creates custom-made design solutions for national and international clients. An emphasis is on elaborate design concepts, editorial projects and typographical quality. His work has been awarded international prizes and frequently exhibited and published. In 2012, his international bestseller ‹Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow› got published by BIS Publishers. Marcus is also the founder and curator of ‹Tableau Zurich›, a public art space in Zurich.


'' The songs represent all popular music styles from the last 50 years, from rock to folk and from punk to hip hop''. - Swissmiss


"If you are in a bad mood, and can’t wait for the day to end, you can have a look at Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow by Marcus Kraft: open it at random and read the sentence you get. You will find 250 advices taken from the most beautiful songs of the past 50 years. And if you can’t change your bad mood, at least you will listen to some great music."


ISBN: 978 90 6369 288 9
Concept: Marcus Kraft
Format: Hardcover
Dimensions: 18 x 12 cm
Pages: 512

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