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Girl Groups: Fabulous Females That Rocked the World [Paperback]

John Clemente
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1 Feb 2003
This guide profiles 60 of the most influential girl groups of the 1950s to the 1980s and their respective record labels. There is a discography for all listed groups, pricing and an A-Z listing of the 60 groups. Groups featured include The Supremes, the Ronettes, The Orlons and The Go-Go's.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: KP Books (1 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873418166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873418164
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 21.7 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,439,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Book on Girl Groups of the 60s 28 Oct 2002
This is a wonderful book - full of information and pictures on 60 groups mostly from the late 50s to the early 70s.
I've been a fan of this sort of music for many years, but I knew only a fraction of what is in here. John has chosen a representative cross-section of groups from the famous such as the Supremes, Ronettes, Crystals, Chantels, Angels etc. to the little known and previously little documented - Darlettes, Teardrops, Veneers, Beverly Warren, Nella Dodds, Maureen Gray etc. etc. All acts are illustrated, many by two or three photos.
These biographies are followed by amazingly comprehensive discographies which include records the artists made under different names. There is also an alphabetical list of groups with their labels and a price guide to the most in-demand 500 records.
Somehow, he has managed to track down and interview many of the artists and obtain a great deal of truly original information to supplement his wider researches of existing sources.
The book is written with an evident love of the music but John has wisely kept his personal likes and dislikes in the background - so unlike most books on popular music you won't be annoyed by disparaging comments on your favourites!
To fans of the girl group sound this is completely indispensible. Fans of Doo-Wop, 60s Soul and 60s Pop will also find much to interest them.
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If, like me, you were a big fan of the Girl Groups from the 50's to the 70s this is The Book for you. Lots of new info & photos with the line-ups, discographies etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tribute to the girls of heart-felt & soul-created music! 8 Nov 2000
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What a great book! Not only does the author cover the usual suspects - the Supremes, Chiffons and Shirelles, but he gives extensive information on the less widely known, but no less (and often more) talented girl groups from coast to coast. For instance, records by Cincinnati's "Teardrops", whose raw talent and natural vocal blends made them a stand-out in that region, are still being collected from the US to the UK to Japan! Those girls never signed a major record deal, but their natural talents, unique sounds and inventive musical techniques were more "supreme" by far than some of their more famous, professionally produced counterparts.
Luckily, this book goes to great lengths to include 60 of the girl groups who were most influential in the genre, not just rehash what we already know about the best-known handful.
The Pre-British-Invasion sound of the 50s and 60s was largely influenced by girl groups, until the rise of their rich sound was eclipsed by an influx of first generation boy bands from across the sea. The sounds, styles and sentiments expressed through the girl group sound have never been matched.
Girl groups made music because they loved singing. Many of them were in their early to late teens when they hit the limelight. They grew up singing together with friends on street corners, in gymnasiums or wherever else the acoustics were good for creating that distinct harmonic sound we know and love - often times without any instruments to back them up.
That pure vocal magic has never been tapped again, as music has regrettably gone from passion to pop profit play. Finally, we have a book which explores the music and the makers of the last great era in heart-felt & soul-created music and gives us all a comprehensive understanding of how the groups came to be and where the girls who won our hearts are now.
The discography and pricing guide for collectors is a great added bonus, which illustrates the ongoing value of the music made decades ago. Some of the records, especially those made by the lesser known groups, are "hot" collector's items, hard to come by -- even in bootleg -- because it just doesn't get any better than it was when the Girl Groups sang!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Girl Groups Get Glorious Recognition 29 Sep 2000
By L. Garcia - Published on
This is an excellent overview of the 60 most influential girl groups in rock and roll. John Clemente provides a well-researched overview of the girl group phenomenon. The book contains all the groups you would expect to see (Shirelles, Supremes, Chiffons, Ronettes, etc.) but also contains write-ups on many, many obscure groups. I've only started to read the book and have already learned quite a few things (who knew that The Cookies were also The Cinderellas?).
The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is the number of typos in the book. While this didn't take away from the overall enjoyment of the book, I think a little more proofreading of the book should have been done.
I've been a fan of girl groups for as long as I can remember and am so glad to have this valuable resource. I'm also very impressed with the list of girl groups provided at the back of the book as well as the price guide for the most valuable girl group singles.
Overall, a very enjoyable book with lots of valuable information and some excellent and rare photos. This is a must-have for any fan of girl groups or rock and roll fans.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STOP! IN THE NAME OF GIRL GROUPS 7 Oct 2000
By Stubborn Kinda Fella - Published on
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Not since Alan Betrock's "GIRL GROUPS: STORY OF A SOUND" have we had such a telling history laid out for us about this decidedly underrated genre!
Through a host of photos in addition to interviews with original group members, Clemente effectively delivers the 411 on the mainstream girl groups and often sheds new light on thier histories. A special bonus is the inclusion of lesser known yet noteworthy girl group acts.
This is a very important book for anyone who loves girl groups in general and girl group afficiandos in particular
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doo-lang, it's mod! 22 April 2001
By Chuck Mallory - Published on
The work that went into this book is astounding. As a girl-groups expert, I seldom find information that is new to me. However, author John Clemente painstakingly looked at the top girl groups and not only gives a narrative history, but a listing of group members over the various years and an exhaustive discography. Fun to read, fab pictures, and, if you're into collectibles, a good reference book, too.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As It Gets 21 Oct 2002
By Brian Ferrari - Published on
This is as close to a definitive book on the Girl Group genre as you are likely to find... unless John Clemente decides to write a sequel, including the groups he had to leave out due to space limitations.
He corrects many of the mistakes made in Alan Betrock's book on the same subject. This book sets the record straight. The discographies are amazing. The interviews and rare pics are terrific. Any fan would be pleased.
If I have a complaint, it's that some groups have been left out. How can you include the Go-Go's but not the Bangles? As I said, space must have been the issue. Let's hope there is a volume 2 in the works.
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