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on 6 February 2014
A hugely enjoyable survey of the French pop scene in the '60s and specifically, the female singers, - 'ye-ye girls'. Author Jean Emmanuel Deluxe has an infectious enthusiasm and deep love and knowledge for his subject. He tells the story of this quite brief explosion of innocent pop music which added colour to France from the early 60s to the end of the decade, where the whole scene seems to have disappeared as Europe moved into a heavier era. The book introduces all the most famous artists, Gall, Hardy, Vartan etc and also recommends many lesser known singers or one hit wonders. There are interviews with some of the stars and the book is very well illustrated with plenty of cool 45rpm sleeves and other ephemera reproduced. The story is also put into context and even updated with thoughts and tips on French Pop of the 80s and to the present. A great buy for any fans of female vocalists and French pop culture in the 60s.
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on 6 March 2014
This book is really addictive and really annoying. Annoying because with every turn of the page you want to check online to see which albums and tracks are available for purchase or download. Packed with photographs, interviews and a discography it shows, to the English audience at least, that there is more to French music than a certain Ms Hardy. The section on English singers who went across the Channel to try their luck is fascinating, the sales figures for Petula Clark are astonishing. A good book, well written, concise and a must-have for English fans of French music from the early 1960's up to date.
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on 4 April 2014
Jean-Emmanuel has researched well to produce an enlightening and entertaining study of 1960's French Yé Yé. This is an easy to read and understand encyclopaedia. Françoise Hardy, Sylvie Vartan and France Gall are just the tip of the iceberg!
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on 10 January 2016
This is well written and contains a mine of information. I especially like the fact that they have included quotes from the lyrics of many songs (alongside English translations). A few acts are strangely absent, notably Sheila (the most popular) and Jacqueline Taïeb (arguably the most talented). I would have given them space over the numerous post sixties acts that are included - surely yé-yé died with that decade. Overall though a definite thumbs up.
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on 11 June 2014
Superb! written with fun and great incite, wonderfully illustrated ,had a fair few of the records,Cd's mentioned in this fact filled tome am eager to track down the rest, would have been even better with a DVD of French scorpitones of the Girls , but hey You tube is full of them,. highly recommended
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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.
To get a real picture of who the true female stars of that era were, and yes Sylvie and Françoise were definitely amongst them, browse through this website, the most credible and respected of its kind in France. Fabrice Ferment, the author, published "40 ans de tubes", after years of investigating true record sales based on royalties paid out by Music edition companies in France:[...]
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on 14 September 2014
Great, thanks x
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