It’s been the most delightful task of many Feral House years. And that is to seek out images from magazines, scrapbooks, television programs, advertisements, and singles / EPs / LPs from the Yé-Yé era from the early to late-1960s, when lovely and kicky girls climbed to the top of French and French Canadian pop culture monolith. And I got to share that great job with Paris-based author Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe and Portland-based designer Gregg Einhorn.
Today we’re sending out the color packed book to our overseas printer, and I’ve rarely been as excited to see the finished product.
Whether you know French (or not), these poppy numbers delight, and here’s a few excerpts as seen in films of the time:
Françoise Hardy, who can make your heart stop with love.
Clothilde, the teenager who weirdly enchants you with bizarre pop.
The lovely chanteuse Sylvie Vartan.
Innocent young France Gall, who Serge Gainsbourg suckered into singing about licking lollipops.
Or where France goes to Germany to sing about a computer-picked date of hers.
Or Annie Philippe.
And we fade out with Françoise Hardy.
The book about these gals is coming soon. Here’s Boyd Rice, who way back when, introduced me to the genre, chiming in about the book:
“This lavishly illustrated compendium is like a passport to another time & place… a window into an era in which one could switch on the TV & see Bridget Bardot singing about Harley Davidson motorcycles while wearing thigh-high boots and a black leather mini-skirt. It is loving documentation of the Girl Pop that served as a soundtrack to that era, If you thought you knew Yé-Yé because you’ve heard a few songs by France Gall, Sylvie Vartan or Francoise Hardy, guess again. This book may well be the Bible of Yé-Yé .”