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You Don't Own Me: The Life and Times of Lesley Gore (edition 2015)

by Trevor Tolliver (Author)

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1963 tail fins were in, sock hops were hot, and a fairytale white knight was president. That summer, sixteen year-old singer Lesley Gore released her debut single, "It's My Party," propelling her to Number One on the charts. For the next several years, the crowned Princess of Pop dominated the radio with a string of hits including "Judy's Turn to Cry," "She's A Fool," "Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows," and the rousing anthem for independence, "You Don't Own Me," making her the most successful and influential solo female artist of the 60s. But beneath the bubblegum facade was a girl squirming against social and professional pressures to simply be herself and to forge a future where she could write and perform music beyond the trappings of teenage angst and love triangles. Assembled over five years of research and interviews, this is the first and long overdue biography of Lesley Gore, one of pop music's pioneering Mothers, which chronicles her meteoric rise to fame, her devastating fall from popularity and struggle for relevance in the 1970s, and her reemergence as a powerful songwriter, political activist, and camp icon. The biography includes behind-the-scenes stories about the making of her hit records, debunks or clarifies popular myths about her career, and places her remarkable life and times within a historical context to reveal how her music was both impacted by, and contributed to, each decade of her astounding fifty-year career.… (more)
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Title:You Don't Own Me: The Life and Times of Lesley Gore
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You Don’t Own Me: The Life and Times of Lesley Gore by Trevor Tolliver (Backbeat Books, $24.99).

Lesley Gore, who died in February of this year, is most remembered for early ’60s pop hits like “It’s My Party (and I’ll Cry If I Want To)” and “You Don’t Own Me”—the latter adopted as a sort of anthem of female romantic independence—and this music-centric biography is long overdue.

In You Don’t Own Me: The Life and Times of Lesley Gore, Trevor Tolliver covers the details of recordings and their reception—including an unexpected backlash because the songs were considered “dumb,” which is particulary ironic considering just how smart Sarah Lawrence grad Gore was—as well as attempting to contextualize Gore’s work with the early 1960s and the big cultural shake-ups that were just over the horizon.

Some of those cultural shake-ups–the feminist movement, the rise of LGBT rights–had direct bearing on Gore’s personal life, and even showed up in her later work as a songwriter, like “Out Here On My Own,” from the 1980 movie Fame.

While it reads in places like a fan’s discography, there are also moments of genuine insight into Gore’s life.

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1963 tail fins were in, sock hops were hot, and a fairytale white knight was president. That summer, sixteen year-old singer Lesley Gore released her debut single, "It's My Party," propelling her to Number One on the charts. For the next several years, the crowned Princess of Pop dominated the radio with a string of hits including "Judy's Turn to Cry," "She's A Fool," "Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows," and the rousing anthem for independence, "You Don't Own Me," making her the most successful and influential solo female artist of the 60s. But beneath the bubblegum facade was a girl squirming against social and professional pressures to simply be herself and to forge a future where she could write and perform music beyond the trappings of teenage angst and love triangles. Assembled over five years of research and interviews, this is the first and long overdue biography of Lesley Gore, one of pop music's pioneering Mothers, which chronicles her meteoric rise to fame, her devastating fall from popularity and struggle for relevance in the 1970s, and her reemergence as a powerful songwriter, political activist, and camp icon. The biography includes behind-the-scenes stories about the making of her hit records, debunks or clarifies popular myths about her career, and places her remarkable life and times within a historical context to reveal how her music was both impacted by, and contributed to, each decade of her astounding fifty-year career.

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