Trevor Tolliver, author of You Don't Own Me: The Life and Times of Lesley Gore, spoke with Tony Peters of Icon Fetch. They spoke about Lesley Gore's life, Trevor's friendship with her, and lots more. Listen to the entire interview in the podcast below!

Onstage and Backstage 

About the Book
1963 – tail fins were in, sock hops were hot, and a fairytale white knight was president. That summer, sixteen year-old singer Lesley Gore released her debut single, “It's My Party,” propelling her to Number One on the charts. For the next several years, the crowned Princess of Pop dominated the radio with a string of hits including “Judy's Turn to Cry,” “She's A Fool,” “Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows,” and the rousing anthem for independence, “You Don't Own Me,” making her the most successful and influential solo female artist of the 60s. But beneath the bubblegum façade was a girl squirming against social and professional pressures to simply be herself and to forge a future where she could write and perform music beyond the trappings of teenage angst and love triangles. Assembled over five years of research and interviews, this is the first and long overdue biography of Lesley Gore, one of pop music's pioneering Mothers, which chronicles her meteoric rise to fame, her devastating fall from popularity and struggle for relevance in the 1970s, and her reemergence as a powerful songwriter, political activist, and camp icon. The biography includes behind-the-scenes stories about the making of her hit records, debunks or clarifies popular myths about her career, and places her remarkable life and times within a historical context to reveal how her music was both impacted by, and contributed to, each decade of her astounding fifty-year career.   Amazon      BarnesandNoble    IndieBound

Trevor Tolliver was raised in Duarte, Calif., and received his formal degrees from Cal Poly Pomona, and his musical education from his mom and dad and their stacks of oldies records. He is an adjunct English professor at Mount San Antonio College, where he teaches literature and developmental writing. He lives with his husband, four sons, and two jolly guinea pigs in Rancho, Cucamonga, Calif.

Icon Fetch is hosted by Tony Peters, and it’s their goal to bring you the best of what’s out there every week.  Over the last two years, they’ve garnered a reputation for their high quality audio interviews with a diverse list of artists.  Peters is a 20-year veteran of broadcast radio, yet is first and foremost a music fan at heart.  Time and again, musicians compliment him for his extensive music knowledge and relaxed interviews that come off more as conversations. Learn more about Icon Fetch at their website here!

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A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

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