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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House (9 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193623971X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936239719
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 433,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Yé-Yé Girls of 60s French Pop is extremely easy on the eyes. Part coffee-table book, part-painstaking miscellany of all things yé-yé, it doesn't want for tasteful images of the chic and photogenic young women whose clear complexions were lent extra radiance by the colour-saturation idiosyncrasies of 1960s camera film... If you really want to learn about the lives and music of yé-yé's leading and lesser-known lights, you won't find a more informative English-language account than this one." --The National

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Ye-ye is a delightful style of pop music featuring young female
singers that influenced France, Quebec and other European countries with its
"camp" style throughout the 1960s.
This collection by pop music expert Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe includes many
interviews with the original singers and producers, and hundreds of visual
examples of record covers, magazines, and a teenaged fan's scrapbook from
the period.
This book includes the famous Ye-Ye practitioners Sylvie Vartan, France Gall, Francoise Hardy, Chantal Goya, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin and dozens of others, including perverse Serge Gainsbourg.
Ye-Ye had secondary explosions in the 1970s and 1990s in Japan and Europe
through the likes of Lio (who provides this book's foreword), and in the
United States through singers like April March, whose Ye-Ye number "Chick
Habit" was heard in the Quentin Tarantino film Death Proof. Interest in Ye-Ye
exploded again when Megan Draper sang the Ye-Ye number "Zou Bisou Bisou,"
originally made famous by Gillian Hills, in the 5th season of Mad Men.
Be prepared to be immersed in this beloved but cruelly neglected pop
music genre.

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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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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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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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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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