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

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The truth behind the pop music we love most.
Paperback, 344 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Feral House (first published May 10th 2001)
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Wayne Davidson
I refer to this book constantly - as there's so much information and fun stuff to read about. It also casts a wide net over the Bubblegum genre by taking in artists from all over the world. There's even a big article about Luv'! It really is fantastic, I just wish there was a full colour companion version with photos of all of the records.
I was writing a story years back about a former bubblegum star who refused to hit the comeback trail. I couldn't have done it without this book. Besides teaching me everything I ever wanted to know about Tony DeFranco and the DeFranco Family (and then some), it's a fun book and doesn't condescend to the subject or the audience.
Garrett Cash
This is one of the best music books I've read. It takes a genre that is almost universally derided by critics and gives it the respect it deserves. I've always thought The Archies's "Sugar, Sugar" is one of the most brilliant songs of all time, and it turns out there's a lot more where that came from! I haven't learned as much from a music book in a long time, and it stayed entertaining too! The book is comprised of essays by different authors on an exhaustive variety of subjects surrounding the ...more
Dual Purpose. Serves as a reference book for an otherwise overlooked musical genre. On the other hand it provides a look at the blatantly commercial, sometimes deceptive and occasionally cynical aspects of POP music.
This is sort of one of those books of articles that you can keep going back to when you're ready to learn more. It was just great to find a book that justified my love of bubblegum pop, and let me know that there are plenty of people out there who take it WAY more seriously than me! In addition, it's a great resource for learning about other bubblgum acts of the past. I highly recommend it for anyone who has ever been made to feel bad about loving The Partridge Family, the Archies, Sweet, the Ba ...more
Jul 31, 2007 Bianca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: crazies
i was writing a paper on bubblegum, so i read this book and a few others. this was by far the most helpful, and you can tell kim et al are writing from a perspective that is mildly ironic but serious when it really counts. they appreciate the music while understanding what it was made for and this is key. not many people would want to read this book because most don't know what bubblegum really is. maybe they should? or maybe it should just be our dirty little secret.
Just got this via ILL and can't wait to bite in! God, I loved the Banana Splits!


Written by several different people, this book is repetitive, schizophrenic, self-contradictory, and uneven in quality of writing. That said, quite a bit of it is fun! I am now reading just the chapters that catch my interest. Wish it came with a CD.
Fans of super happy pop music who are into collecting stuff from the Bubblegum era of music will really like this book. Talks about the Banana Splits and a lot of the late 60's early 70's one hit wonders of bubblegum pop. Shares some interesting stories about the songwriters and some pretty weird ones too.
Jan 20, 2008 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: White people
If you have even a passing interest in bubblegum, read this. You'll learn something.
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