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Girl Groups, Girl Culture: Popular Music and Identity in the 1960s Paperback – March 14, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0415971133 ISBN-10: 0415971136 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (February 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415971136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415971133
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"…[Warwick’s] thoroughness lends the book—which flies in the face of the notion that producers are musical gods—a sense of much-needed authority. Through [her] Marxist feminist lens, even thin-voiced Diana Ross seems worthy of a little more R-E-S-P-E-C-T." --Harp Magazine

"This eminently readable and groundbreaking book is a must for all girl group fans, and anyone interested in the social history of music and culture during the 1960s." --Readings, Australia

"Warwick is on solid ground with her arguments, and this book makes strong contributions to popular musicology.  Her work on female identity in a popular-music context is particularly innovative.  Highly Recommended." --CHOICE

About the Author

Jacqueline Warwick is Associate Professor in the Department of Music at Dalhousie University, Canada, where she specializes in music history and popular music. She is an active member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and has presented papers at numerous conferences in North America and Europe.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Passionate About Music on September 12, 2007
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An excellent book, provided you realize what it is and what it's not. It is by a college professor and it is published by an academic publisher. It's an academic study. There are lots of footnotes.

So it is not for everyone. It is not INTENDED for everyone.

Warwick argues that the girl groups weren't just disposable pop music. They were a very prominent and important dimension of 1960s feminism. They were also an important element of the civil rights struggle of the time. For musicological analysis the writing is very accessible. I'll never listen to the Crystals in the same way again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James A. Allio on July 11, 2007
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Jacqueline Warwick has written a thesis-like revisionist take on the girl group sound of the 1960s, focusing on the messages and impact of The Shangri-Las, Chantels, Ronettes, Marvelettes and their ilk. At times relying heavily on earlier tomes, Warwick nevertheless argues convincingly that teenage girls lip-syncing and singing along with these records and adopting different poses were an important aspect of the womens' movement as well as the civil rights explosion. She points out how many young girls worshipped Diana Ross in the mid to late 1960s, an unprecedented stance that I remember well. She also breaks down a number of songs according to song structure, chords and changes, and things get a bit dry right about then for the non-musician. Scholarly and often fun, this is a welcome addition to the girl group herstory shelf.
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By Laira on January 18, 2013
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I borrowed this book from a friend and decided I needed to buy it so I could make my own notes. Minus a few highlighted sentences, the book is in great conditions. The item did describe this, so I am not displeased.
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