Synopses & Reviews
From the Archies to Britney Spears, bubblegum music has excited every generation of music lovers. Featuring interviews with many of the genres major creators, this ambitious anthology dismantles the worst myths about how bubblegum is produced and identifies the gum tendencies of artists as various as the Sex Pistols, Abba, the Monkees, and the Ramones. The book reveals the light and dark sides of the music, telling bitter tales of litigious backstabbing, pistol-wielding producers, and the perversities behind the jingles.
"Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth sticks to your heart and not to your shoe. The talented writers are clever without a touch of meanness, when the head of their subjects float to the clouds they remember to push the down button on the elevator. This is a wise, witty, and important book. Read it, or else!" Rod McKuen
"Into the flaccid world of mainstream pop-music culture ride editors Cooper and Smay and the other contributors to this expose of the scaly underside of...bubblegum music....Insightful and highly readable popular-culture chronicling." Mike Tribby, Booklist
"Dedicated to the late music critic Lester Bangs and recently deceased punk legend Joey Ramone, this wonderfully quirky title leaves no stone unturned in its coverage of bubblegum music....The book excels at showing the human side of these mostly forgotten artists and their producers....quirky and entertaining..." David M. Turkalo, Library Journal
"...Critics, musicians and popculture mavens join forces to honor that most maligned of musical genres...astonishing scope and wit." Blag Dahlia, The Dwarves
From the Archies to Britney Spears, this ambitious anthology reveals the light and dark sides of bubblegum music and features interviews with many of the genre's major creators. Illustrations throughout.
The truth behind the pop music we love most.