Alexandra Apolloni has a PhD in Musicology, and she researches and writes about the histories of girl pop singers. She is currently a Research Scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women; and is an avid collector of vintage cookbooks.
There was a moment in the mid-1960s when the pop charts were practically littered with the bodies of dead boyfriends. They were the victims of car and motorcycle crashes; driven to their deaths by hotheaded impetuousness or social disapproval. The ultimate dead boyfriend song is The Shangri-Las' 1964 hit “Leader of the Pack.” It opens with gum-smacking girl badasses dishing about their friend and her guy, Jimmy. It ends with motorcycle tires screeching