Then He Kissed Me, He's A Rebel, Chains, Stop! In the Name of Love all these songs capture the spirit of an era and an image of "girlhood" in post-World War II America that still reverberates today.

While there were over 1500 girl groups recorded in the '60s--including key hitmakers like the Ronettes, the Supremes, and the Shirelles - studies of girl-group music that address race, gender, class, and sexuality have only just begun to appear. Warwick is the first writer to address '60s girl group music from the perspective of its most significant audience--teenage girls--drawing on current research in psychology and sociology to explore the important place of this repertoire in the emotional development of young girls of the baby boom generation.

Girl Groups, Girl Culture stands as a landmark study of this important pop music and cultural phenomenon. It promises to be a classic work in American musicology and cultural studies.

chapter |9 pages


part 1|40 pages

Girl Talk

chapter 1|20 pages

The Emerging Girl Group Sound

chapter 2|18 pages

The Voice of the Girl

part 2|37 pages

A Brand New Dance Now

chapter 3|12 pages

Embodying Girlness

chapter 4|11 pages

Restraint and Violence

chapter 5|11 pages

Uniformity and Masquerade

part 3|47 pages

He Makes Me Say Things I Don't Want to Say 1

chapter 7|11 pages

Carole King and Ellie Greenwich

chapter 8|15 pages

Up against the Wall of Sound

part 4|40 pages

Look Here, Girls, and Take This Advice

chapter 9|11 pages

Respectability Versus Rock'n'Roll

chapter 10|10 pages

Motown and the Politics of Crossover Success

chapter 11|14 pages

Mothers and Daughters

part 5|42 pages

Out in the Streets

chapter 12|7 pages

Group Identity and Public Space

chapter 13|14 pages

Rebellion and Girldom

chapter 14|16 pages

Girl Groups, the Road, and Public Record