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- Publisher: Feral House,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 201mm x 203mm x 20mm | 726g
- Publication date: 9 January 2014
- Publication City/Country: Los Angeles
- ISBN 10: 193623971X
- ISBN 13: 9781936239719
- Sales rank: 176,436
Ye-Ye 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. Ye-Ye pop 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 revived again recently during the fifth season of the mega-popular television series Mad Men, when Don Draper's young, sexy wife sang the Ye-Ye number "Zou Bisou Bisou," originally made famous in the 1960s by blonde actress Gillian Hills. The most famous Ye-Ye 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 Francoise 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 children's fan diary of the period. Ye-Ye 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 & 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 Ye-Ye ." --Boyd Rice"
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Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe is a pop culture specialist, activist, writer and performer. He's written for several US, UK & Aussie magazines (Roctober, Shindig, Outre !) along with several publication from his homeland (Rock n Folk, Technikart, Standard & Playboy). He's written several books including, ''Cinepop'' (the ultimate & subjective pop film guide), ''La Confiserie Magique'' (on US & european sunshine & bubblegum pop) & ''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 Tarantino's Deathproof soundtrack. Lio took her stage name from pages of Jean-Claude Forest's 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.
A glossy, gossipy history of Gallic female pop icons ... [Deluxe's book] is not just pleasing on the eye, though, and there is substance in both the text and the music it highlights. -- David Hutcheon, "Mojo Magazine" This is the book fans of France's ye-ye sound have been waiting for. The main course is a generous helping of all the singers we love. From the 'big four' to the second division of singers - with a generous dusting of foreign femmes, funny girls and folk mademoiselles for good measure - this book has them all. -- "Ready Steady Girls" Deluxe's volume is not a glorified pin-up book or fashion tome. If you really want to learn about the lives and music of ye-ye's leading and lesser-known lights, you won't find a more informative English-language account than this one. -- "The National" Even without hearing a note of the music celebrated in Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe's collection "Ye-Ye Girls of '60s French Pop," it's impossible not to be seduced by the mesmerizing melodies of Francoise Hardy, Sylvie Vartan, Zouzou and their sorority of chanteuses. -- "Chicago Tribune" Fact: Everybody's coffee table can use an extra dose of eye candy. Especially when it comes in the form of Ye-Ye Girls of '60s French Pop, the new color-drenched tome that serves up style inspiration as well as an in-depth look into music history. -- "Nylon Magazine" The Internet has long been the hub for English-speaking '60s French-pop fans seeking out obscure facts about their favorite records, but finally the country's female-side of '60s pop has been given its very own English-language bible in print--Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe's Ye-Ye Girls of '60s French Pop. -- "Cha Cha Charming" 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 & see Bridget Bardot singing about Harley Davidson motorcycles while wearing thigh-high boots and a black leather mini-skirt. This book ma
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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.