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Highly subjective and not reflective of the reality!
on 7 May 2014
The book-otherwise making for a pleasant read and including some nice rarely published pictures-should have called itself "Peroxide blond yé-yé girls or potential sex kittens", as one finds it difficult to take seriously a book which practically ignores one of those years' undisputed Queens: miss Sheila herself.
Or at the very least "yé-yé girls I like", as this is very much what it's all about here, a book eminently personal, subjective if not biased. I mean, Annie Philippe on the front cover, hello? Annie who? Her biggest hit didn't even make the Top 10 back in 1966, and after that it was "bye-bye" really...but then she had big boobs, but I'm sure the writer is far too professional to have let that element influence his choice.
If your curiosity was of the historical kind, don't bother then. It'd be like reading a book on the Encyclopedists, only to realise that Diderot has been "forgotten"... yes, Sheila is mentioned a few times, just to keep the book barely "legal" we shall say, but truly in a way that would imply she was like some vague one hit wonder, when in fact she dominated, along with Sylvie and Françoise, and definitely much more than the pretty France Gall-who went on to sing in beer festivals in Germany to earn a living until talented Michel Berger resurrected her in 73- this exciting new musical movement. This book is a fine example of "musical revisionism" in a word...Sheila was nothing short of a social phenomenon back then, selling millions, having thousands of girls wanting to dress like her, do their hair like her..even French President Mitterrand referred to "Sheila's France" in some of his interviews..this work is truly the vision of someone who has a fantasied vision of what the French yéyé current involved in France. No honest French writer would dare to imply for example that an obscure Chantal Goya was more relevant than the inevitable Sheila back then, it's just laughable.
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