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Posted November 19, 2008
This book is filled with little known facts about a genre that gets little-to-no respect. While bubble gum music seems only to riff on more established "legitimate" rock 'n' roll, it actually helps to carry it forward when it gets stuck sometimes and sneakily introduces listeners to genres they might otherwise be too intimated to try out. The love for bubble gum that the writers of this book feel is contagious and compelling. And the editors did a great job of selecting material to create an excellent read as well as a great reference book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 10, 2007
If you were a subscriber to Tiger Beat in the `60s or 70s, you¿ll get a kick out of leafing through this book. ¿Bubblegum¿ is filled with more info than you¿ll ever need to know about Kassenetz-Katz, Don Kirschner, the Archies and the Partridge Family, and it is loaded with tiresome references to gum, candy and sugar. It does, however, provide a thoughtful examination of a genre which rarely elicits serious consideration from music critics, or the general public for that matter. ¿Bubblegum¿ explores the roots of bubblegum music, its relationship and importance to other genres, and its place in contemporary music. Because different writers provide essays on each subject, the information is both a little scattered and redundant, and there is no logical sequence or flow. But if you¿ve been wondering just where the Banana Splits belong in the annals of rock history, or simply have a fondness for the 1910 Fruitgum Company, this book is worth a look.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.