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nonfiction books about '60s girl groups, soul, pop rock?

Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 02:51
by alongwaltz
Can anyone recommend any books about '60s girl groups, yé-yé, Motown, or northern soul acts? Broadly or focusing on specific artists. Biographies or general nonfiction.

I'm thinking artists like the Shirelles, Shangri-Las, Supremes, or any of the Phil Spector acts.

Re: nonfiction books about '60s girl groups, soul, pop rock?

Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 14:26
by Silver Girl
Might be a bit off-topic, but I really enjoyed Simon Napier Bell's memoir/biog of that kind of era, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.

Re: nonfiction books about '60s girl groups, soul, pop rock?

Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 17:54
by linus
Most of these are on my 'to read' list rather than 'read' list and some cropped up when I was checking titles, spellings of author's names. Some will be out of print:

The Mary Wells book by Peter Benjaminson ('The Tumultuous Life of Motown's First Superstar')
Benjaminson's book on Florence Ballard of The Supremes
The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success and Betrayal by Mark Ribowsky
Dreamgirl: My Life As A Supreme by Mary Wilson
Where Did Our Love Go: The Rise And Fall Of The Motown Sound by Nelson George
Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts and Madness, or My Life As a Fabulous Ronette by Ronnie Spector
My Name Is Love by Darlene Love
Ye-Ye Girls of '60s French Pop by Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe
Girl Groups Girl Culture: Popular Music and Identity in the 1960s by Jacqueline Warwick
Leaders of the Pack: Girl Groups of the 1960s and Their Influence on Popular Culture in Britain and America by Sean MacLeod
Girl Groups: Fabulous Females Who Rocked the World by John Clemente
She is a Rebel by Gillian G Gaar
She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop and Soul by Lucy O'Brien
Are You There God? It's Me, Mary: The Shangri-Las And The Punk Rock Love Song by Tracy Landecker

Re: nonfiction books about '60s girl groups, soul, pop rock?

Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 18:02
by linus
Once a bookseller, always a bookseller...

Re: nonfiction books about '60s girl groups, soul, pop rock?

Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 19:45
by Michael Quentin
Florence Ballard's year is at the core of Stuart Cosgrove's 1967: The Year That Changed Soul.

Re: nonfiction books about '60s girl groups, soul, pop rock?

Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 00:28
by holyzombiejesus
The best book I read on the subject was Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - Girl Groups from the '50s on... by Charlotte Greig. There's a second hand copy on Amazon for 1p at the moment.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Will-You-Still- ... otte+greig

I've just this second realised that the author of that is the Charlotte Greig who also recorded some great folky albums and that I saw at the Green Man back when it was at Baskerville Hall. Her version of Sonic Youth's Cotton Crown was gorgeous. Sadly, she passed away recently.

Anyway, another good source of girl group stuff is Cha Cha Charming. If you can track down the actual fanzines, they're well worth a read. Otherwise, check out the blog where there is quite a bit of writing about 60s girl group/ French pop. Increasingly it seems to be being used to publicise the author's djing spots (fair enough) but there is still plenty to read that should be of interest. It looks gorgeous too.

http://www.chachacharming.com/