Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth: The Dark History of Prepubescent Pop, from the Banana Splits to Britney Spears

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From the Archies to Britney Spears, bubblegum music has excited every generation of music lovers. Featuring interviews with many of the genre’s major creators, this ambitious anthology dismantles the worst myths about how bubblegum is produced and identifies the gum tendencies of artists as various as the Sex Pistols, Abba, the Monkees, and the Ramones. The book reveals the light and dark sides of the music, telling bitter tales of litigious backstabbing, pistol-wielding producers, and the perversities behind the...
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From the Archies to Britney Spears, bubblegum music has excited every generation of music lovers. Featuring interviews with many of the genre’s major creators, this ambitious anthology dismantles the worst myths about how bubblegum is produced and identifies the gum tendencies of artists as various as the Sex Pistols, Abba, the Monkees, and the Ramones. The book reveals the light and dark sides of the music, telling bitter tales of litigious backstabbing, pistol-wielding producers, and the perversities behind the jingles.
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Dedicated to the late music critic Lester Bangs and recently deceased punk legend Joey Ramone, this wonderfully quirky title leaves no stone unturned in its coverage of bubblegum music. Cooper, publisher of underground culture 'zine Scram, and Smay, a Scram contributor, lay out this music's long and winding parameters, concentrating on the "classic" years (defined as 1967-72). More than 30 contributors offer essays on forgotten artists whose songs are still played on oldies radio stations: the Archies, the Cowsills, and 1910 Fruitgum Company, among others. The book excels at showing the human side of these mostly forgotten artists and their producers. Also included are pieces on bubblegum progeny of the 1980s and 1990s, including Britney Spears. And there's more: surveys of the media as it relates to the music, the international scene, and various bubblegum artifacts (remember cereal box records?). An excellent "Recommended Listening" section and a useful index round out the volume. Full of illustrations of classic album covers and artist photos (regrettably in washed-out black and white), this quirky and entertaining book is recommended as a reference for all comprehensive music collections. University libraries should also purchase for popular music studies collections. David M. Turkalo, Suffolk Univ. Law Sch. Lib., Boston Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780922915699
  • Publisher: Feral House
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,425,390
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted November 19, 2008

    Giving Bubble Gum the Respect It Deserves

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2007

    Thoughtful look at an enjoyable genre

    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.

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