Yé-Yé Girls of '60s French Pop

By Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe

Yé-Yé is a pleasant variety of pop tune that includes younger woman singers that inspired France and plenty of different nations, as says Susan Sontag, with its specific “camp” sort through the 1960s.

Yé-Yé pop had secondary explosions within the Seventies and Nineties in Japan and Europe during the likes of Lio (who presents this book’s foreword), and within the usa via singers like April March, whose Yé-Yé quantity “Chick behavior” used to be heard within the Quentin Tarantino movie demise Proof.

Interest in Yé-Yé revived back lately through the 5th season of the mega-popular tv sequence Mad males, while Don Draper’s younger, horny spouse sang the Yé-Yé quantity “Zou Bisou Bisou,” initially made recognized within the Sixties through blonde actress Gillian Hills.

The most renowned Yé-Yé practitioners contain the glamorous Sylvie Vartan (married to rock big name Johnny Hallyday), French lolita France Gall, attractive actresses Brigitte Bardot and Chantal Goya, and the statuesque Françoise Hardy.

This assortment via French pop song specialist Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe contains many interviews with the unique singers and manufacturers, visible excerpts of list covers, either 45s and LPs, and noteworthy excerpts from a children’s fan diary of the period.

Yé-Yé skill “Yeah Yeah” and plenty of track fans are prepared for an immersion during this loved yet little-known genre.

“This lavishly illustrated compendium is sort of a passport to a different time and place…a window into an period within which you could turn on the television & see Bridget Bardot making a song approximately Harley Davidson bikes whereas donning thigh-high boots and a black leather-based mini-skirt. This e-book may be the Bible of Yé-Yé .”

—Boyd Rice

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