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Dust & Grooves Book

Back in 2005 I decided I was going to write a book. I called a friend who worked in publishing and invited her to lunch to pitch my idea. I’m going to write a book about record collectors, I explained. My plan is to travel the world interviewing + photographing death metal collectors from Norway, Northern Soul collectors in the North of England, rockabilly vinyl-heads in the US, you name it. I made an enormous list of potential collectors, bought every single book in existence on record collecting, and began writing up a proper pitch. Then I dropped the idea. Not consciously, but I turned my attention towards other projects and found that the “My Book!” folder on my desktop remained untouched. Years later I stumbled upon Dust & Grooves—”a photography and interview project documenting vinyl collectors” by Israeli photographer Eilon Paz. Of course I wanted it to be terrible so I could avoid all uncomfortable feelings of regret and envy, but no such luck. Dust & Grooves was phenomenal, a visual masterpiece. I’ve seen a lot of photos of record collectors, but none as emotive and beautiful as those … Read more

Yé-Yé Girls Book Release Party!

Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had a fab holiday! I’ve been spending the past week hanging out in my favorite spot on the planet—Palm Springs, California, so this is going to be a quick post just to give a heads up to all New Yorkers + Yé-Yé fans that I’ll be DJing at Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe’s book release party for the Yé-Yé Girls of ’60s French Pop on Thursday January 9, 2014 at Molasses Books in Brooklyn. Flyer + details below! xo-Sheila Yé-Yé Girls of ’60s French Pop Book Release PartyThursday, January 9th, 2014, 7pmAddress: Molasses Books, 770 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11237Event page:

DJing BUST Holiday Party in Brooklyn

This Friday December 20th, I’ll be DJing from 6pm – midnight at BUST magazine’s Holiday Party at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. There will be performances by SISU, Lizzo, and U.S. Girls. I love DJing BUST‘s parties cos I can go from Ann-Margret to Janelle Monae,  Bobbie Gentry to Salt-n-Pepa, Barbara Lynn to Kim Wilde without anyone giving me strange looks. No rules or restrictions!  Brooklyn Night Bazaar165 Banker Street (between Wythe & Meserole Avenues) Brooklyn, NY 11222 Free entry! 

Ponderosa Stomp!

This time tomorrow I’ll be on a plane headed for New Orleans, host of Ponderosa Stomp!, a music festival dedicated to the unsung heroes of rock n’ roll, soul, swamp pop, and garage rock. I shall be planting myself at the front of the stage on the Friday evening, where Maxine Brown, Baby Washington, and Chris Clark will be representing the ladies of soul (I am especially excited for Chris Clark, who I’ve never seen live). Then on the Sunday evening I’ll be joining a gang of fellow record collectors + DJs for a post-Ponderosa Stomp DJ gig. The lovely Cassandra Lee (DJ Bossy Boots) has offered to split her set with me as long as I play Jean & the Statesides “Putty in Your Hands” and Jan Panter ” Scratch My Back.” Deal!  Here are the deets….. Super Sunday DJ Blowout with Guitar Lightnin’ Lee and the Thunder BandSunday October 6, 2013 / 5pm – 10pm SIBERIA2227 St. Claude Street (between Marigny & Elysian Fields)New Orleans, LA Guest DJs… The Great Gaylord (WFMU, NJ) Ben Olins (Stag O Lee, London) Ricky Baby (Spin Out!, LA)Xerox (Copycat, NYC)Rhea Flaten (Mods vs Rockers, … Read more

Girl Group Weekend

When the Cookies’ Margaret Ross took the stage at BB Kings Blues Club & Grill as part of the “Girl Group Sound Spectacular,” the teenage girl sitting next to us jumped to her feet and let out a piercing “YEAAHHHHH GRANDMA!!!!” How wild, I thought, for this young girl to be watching her 71-year-old grandma sing the songs of her teenage years, fifty years after the peak of her career, to a crowd barely able to contain their excitement. The girl group sound, despite moving further and further away from its heyday, seems to be transitioning from the record-collecting fringes to the mainstream. I remember hosting a girl group party for a ’60s music collective called Spectropop back in 2003. It was an intimate affair, mostly consisting of die-hard girl group aficionados, Spectropop members, collectors, and a few surprise guests like Beverly Warren, Louise Murray of the Jaynetts, and Margaret Ross of the Cookies. Looking around at the audience seated at the vastly larger BB Kings Blues Club & Grill, it’s clear the love for girl groups has grown tenfold since then. Perhaps it’s the unexpected success of documentary 20 … Read more

The Girl Group Sound Spectacular

Eight years after Rhino Records’ release party for girl group box set, One Kiss Can Lead to Another brought members of Reparata & the Delrons, the Cookies, the Exciters, the Toys, the Jaynetts, Beverly Warren, and Toni Wine to the Cutting Room (it was also the night Russ Titelman kissed my hand….oooooh! ), B.B. King Blues Club will be hosting the very same ladies (with soul queens Maxine Brown and Baby Washington also in attendance!) in “The Girl Group Sound Spectacular” on Sunday September 8th, 2013. If this comes even close to the magic of the Cutting Room night, it will be an extraordinary evening. Tickets are available here:

Twenty Feet From Stardom

I’m just about to dash off to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade this sunny Saturday in NYC, but wanted to check in quickly to urge all of you to PLEASE GO SEE TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, Morgan Neville’s tremendous and moving tribute to the oft-over-looked background singers like Merry Clayton, the Blossoms and Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, and the Ikettes. It’s a good thing I saw it solo, as I couldn’t stop sobbing, and had to leave the theatre with my sunglasses on : ) Anyway, I shall write lots more about the film next week, but just had to implore you all to see it ASAP, as it’s making the rounds in US theaters this week!  Screening details can be found here.  Let me know what you think!xo-Sheila

Blondie’s Parallel Lines Tribute in London

This Thursday June 13th (tomorrow!) writer, journalist, and girl-pop champion Lucy O’Brien will be joining former Lush guitarist Miki Berenyi to pay tribute to Blondie’s Parallel Lines LP from 1978, as part of the Idler Academy and Rock’s Backpages monthly album club. The vinyl LP will be played in full, and followed by a discussion with O’Brien and Berenyi. I’ve attended a couple of very fine events at the Idler Academy (rosé wine tasting and a talk on the history of gold), and I’m gutted to be missing this one. For full details, visit the Idler Academy’s website. 

A Pleasant Blend of Women & Wine

Bust Magazine’s Happy Hour On Thursday June 6th, I’ll be DJing at BUST Magazine‘s Happy Hour from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Heathers506 East 13th Street (Corner of Avenue A)New York, NY 10009For directions, please click here. Plenty of girl groups, R&B, soul, pop, swing, and easy listening to swig cocktails by…….

Heads up New Yorkers!

Ronnie Spector’s back in town……!!! She’ll be performing her latest show “Behind the Beehive” on Monday May 6th + Tuesday May 7th at City Winery in NYC. Click on the photo below for tickets.