She's so fine: reflections on whiteness, femininity, adolescence and class in 1960s music

  title={She's so fine: reflections on whiteness, femininity, adolescence and class in 1960s music},
  author={Laurie Stras},
She's So Fine explores the music, reception and cultural significance of 1960s girl singers and girl groups in the US and the UK. Using approaches from the fields of musicology, women's studies, film and media studies, and cultural studies, this volume is the first interdisciplinary work to link close musical readings with rigorous cultural analysis in the treatment of artists such as Martha and the Vandellas, The Crystals, The Blossoms, Brenda Lee, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Tina Turner, and… 

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