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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House (March 31, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193623971X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936239719
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 yé-yé 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 yé-yé’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 “Yé-Yé Girls of ’60s French Pop,” it’s impossible not to be seduced by the mesmerizing melodies of Françoise 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 Yé-Yé 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 may well be the Bible of Yé-Yé. —Boyd Rice

From the Back Cover


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 fan’s scrapbook from
the period.

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 book’s 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
music genre.

More About the Author

Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe is a pop culture specialist writing for french, american, english and australian publication. He is a pop activist also working in the TV & music fields. Writer, DJ, pop performer & graphic artist !

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This is one of the best music books, and books in general I have ever seen!
Dolores
And the colour photos are amazing.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By strato on December 22, 2013
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As the previous reviews state, what's there is very well done. The one unfathomable flaw is that Sheila, the biggest star of the Ye-Ye girls, is all but ignored, mentioned in name only. Sheila certainly has her detractors (I'm not a huge fan), but would you write a book on 50's rock and roll and only mention Elvis as an afterthought? Still, this book is the only thing I can find in English, so for that alone I still give it 4 stars. But the definitive Ye-Ye book in English is still waiting for someone to write it. A translation of Barsamian & Jouffa's "L'age d'or du Ye Ye" would be much appreciated...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BookMyrrh on December 11, 2013
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5 Stars for the wealth of beautifully reproduced photos alone! Seriously, this fantastic genre of French musical history has been hidden in the margins (at least for US audiences) for far too long. Bravo for producing a gorgeous, informative book on the Yé Yé girls. (The translations of lyrics are a real eye-opener…oh, the naughty, naughty double entendres!)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dolores on December 11, 2013
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This is one of the best music books, and books in general I have ever seen! The book is laid out beautifully with tons of gorgeous images, graphics, anecdotes, and lyrics that make reading it a total joy-ride. The book also covers a vast spectrum of Yé-Yé history, one of the milestones of psychedelia and pop, with chapters on the mademoiselles we all know and the ones we don't.

I makes a fantastic coffee table book and is also a great definitive history lesson.
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