Last week I posted about rock’n’roll. But talking about music of 1950s and 1960s, I can’t bypass the yé-yé phenomenon.
Yé-yé was a style of pop music that emerged from France in the early 60s, and was not known extensively outside of Europe, until recent films by Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, and the popular American TV show Mad Men. Yé-yé took its name from the onomatopoeia to English “yeah! yeah!”, and the origins of the yé-yé movement itself come from the radio program, and later the magazine, “Salut les copains” (Hello mates).
Most of yé-yé singers were young teenage girls singing French adaptations or songs inspired by British and American rock’n’roll hits. The most recognizable and popular artists of that time were Johnny Hallyday, Serge Gainsbourg, Sylvie Vartan, Claude François, France Gall, Richard Anthony, les Chaussettes Noires and Françoise Hardy.
Even though it may seem that yé-yé is not a big deal, it became a global phenomenon. Maybe because it has this special French charm.
50 years after the launch of the magazine, Salut les Copains and les années yéyé returned to French stage as a musical, and briefly became grand phenomenon à nouveau.
Salut les Copains, le spectacle musical is a catching illustration of history. A story of love and friendship, followed by the sounds of the greatest rock’n’roll hits, interpreted by an amazing troupe of actors, singers and dancers. Jukeboxes, fashion, twist, Concert of Nation and Mai 68.
What can be better than reading about great things? Living, singing and dancing them! So let’s rock’n’twist and twist’n’roll!
If you’re in France this autumn or winter and want to dive into the musical madness of rock’n’roll, twist and les années yéyé, be sure not to miss this show.