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Leaders of the pack : girl groups of the 1960s and their influence on popular culture in Britain and America

by MacLeod, Sean, 1971-

Format: Print Book 2015
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction ML3470.M323 2015
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  ML3470.M323 2015
In Leaders of the Pack: Girl Groups of the 1960s and their Influence on Popular Culture musician and music historian Sean MacLeod surveys the hundreds of girl groups that appeared not only in the United States but also in Great Britain during the early 1960s. This study corrects the neglect of their critical contribution of popular music history by exploring the social and political climate from which the girl groups emerged and their effect, in turn, on local and national music and culture. MacLeod organizes his argument around seven leading girl groups: The Shirelles, The Crystals, The Ronettes, The Marvelettes, The Vandellas, the Supremes and The Shangri-Las. These seven sister groups serve as the basis for a broader look at the many girl groups of the period, offering a roadmap through the work of the many stakeholder the singers, songwriters, producers, and record labels that the girl group phenomenon made possible. MacLeod also reviews the significant influence girl groups had on the many male bands of the 1960s, as well as their influence on the post- 60s movements, from punk to new wave, ultimately serving as the template for the girl groups and all-girl bands that emerged in the 1980s. Finally, The Leaders of the Pack brings us to the present as MacLeod compares the original girl groups with female performers of today, drawing lines of connection and contrast between them. Leaders of the Pack is essential reading for students, scholars, and fans of 1960s music and culture. It will further interest anyone interested in women s studies, modern American and British culture, and music history, with important forays into such topics as the Civil Rights Movement, second and third wave feminism, and post-war life."
Teenagers, rock 'n' roll and postwar liberation
The Shirelles and the beginning of the girl group era
Phil Spector girl groups : the Crystals and the Ronettes
Motown girl groups : the Marvelettes, the Supremes, and the Vandellas
The Shangri-Las and the end of the girl group era
Girl groups, girl bands, and sixties pop
The girl groups' legacy : the seventies
The girl groups' legacy : the eighties
Material girls : Madonna
Modern girls : the Spice Girls to Lady Gaga.

Additional Information
Subjects Popular music -- United States -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- Great Britain -- History and criticism.
Girl groups (Musical groups) -- United States.
Girl groups (Musical groups) -- Great Britain.
Girl groups (Musical groups) -- Influence.
Women in popular culture -- United States.
Women in popular culture -- Great Britain.
Popular culture -- United States.
Popular culture -- Great Britain.
Publisher Lanham :2015
Language English
Description xv, 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-214) and index.
ISBN 9781442252011
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