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Ye-Ye Girls of '60s French Popby Jean Emmanuel Deluxe
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Yé-Yé is a delightful style of pop music featuring young female singers that influenced France and many other countries, as says Susan Sontag, with its particular camp” style throughout the 1960s.
Yé-Yé pop had secondary explosions in the 1970s and 1990s in Japan and Europe through the likes of Lio (who provides this books foreword), and in the United States through singers like April March, whose Yé-Yé number Chick Habit” was heard in the Quentin Tarantino film Death Proof.
Interest in Yé-Yé revived again recently during the fifth season of the mega-popular television series Mad Men, when Don Drapers young, sexy wife sang the Yé-Yé number Zou Bisou Bisou,” originally made famous in the 1960s by blonde actress Gillian Hills.
The most famous Yé-Yé practitioners include the glamorous Sylvie Vartan (married to rock star Johnny Hallyday), French lolita France Gall, beautiful actresses Brigitte Bardot and Chantal Goya, and the statuesque Françoise Hardy.
This collection by French pop music expert Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe includes many interviews with the original singers and producers, visual excerpts of record covers, both 45s and LPs, and remarkable excerpts from a childrens fan diary of the period.
Yé-Yé means Yeah Yeah” and many music lovers are ready for an immersion in this beloved but little-known genre.
This lavishly illustrated compendium is like a passport to another time and place a window into an era in which one could switch on the TV and see Bridget Bardot singing about Harley Davidson motorcycles while wearing thigh-high boots and a black leather mini-skirt. This book may well be the Bible of Yé-Yé .”
Yé-Yé means Yeah Yeah! and is best known as a style of '60s pop music heard in France and Québec.
Yé-yé is a delightful style of pop music featuring young female
singers that influenced France, Québec 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 fans scrapbook from
This book includes the famous Yé-Yé practitioners Sylvie Vartan, France Gall, Françoise Hardy, Chantal Goya, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin and dozens of others, including perverse Serge Gainsbourg.
Yé-Yé had secondary explosions in the 1970s and 1990s in Japan and Europe
through the likes of Lio (who provides this books foreword), and in the
United States through singers like April March, whose Yé-Yé number Chick
Habit” was heard in the Quentin Tarantino film Death Proof. Interest in Yé-Yé
exploded again when Megan Draper sang the Yé-Yé 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
About the Author
Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe is a pop culture specialist, activist, writer and performer. He's written for several US, UK and Aussie magazines (Roctober, Shindig, Outré !) along with several publication from his homeland (Rock n Folk, Technikart, Standard and Playboy). He's written several books including, Cinepop (the ultimate and subjective pop film guide), La Confiserie Magique (on US and european sunshine and bubblegum pop) and JX Williams Les Dossiers Interdits." He runs the label Martyrs of Pop which featured April March who recorded with Bertrand Burgalat and Brian Wilson and was included in Tarantinos Deathproof soundtrack.
Lio took her stage name from pages of Jean-Claude Forests comic serie, Barbarella. Just a few years later Jean-Claude Forest himself told Lio she was the incarnation of all the dream womens he drew. Lio is a pop icon that has fans as diverse as Debbie Harry , Lux Interior, The Sparks and Phil Oakey. To this very day she still draw crowds of thousands wherever she performs.
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