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Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson is Professor of Media and Psychoanalysis at Kingston University, UK. He is the author of Stop Making Sense: Music from the Perspective of the Real (2015) and the editor of Melancology: Black Metal Theory and Ecology (2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Scott Walker and the Song of the One-All-Alone

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...‘Narcissus in Metamorphosis’ The title to Keith Altham’s sleeve notes to Scott 3 (1969), a stream-of-consciousness evocation of the songs’ lyrical content and context, summons Ovid’s well-known myth of the young man captured by his own...
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...The French singer-songwriter George Brassens developed a unique style through a turbulent time in his country’s history. Born in 1921 on the French Mediterranean coast, Brassens developed a passion for singing as a youth, influenced by his...

Jacques Brel

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...The songwriter and poet Jacques Brel emerged from the world of Francophone music to become one of the best-known interpreters of the chanson. Born in Brussels in 1929, Brel did not perform well in school but exhibited an aptitude...
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...The visage of Aristide Bruant preserved by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec on posters has sadly obscured his important contributions to the world of French music. Born in 1851 in Loiret, France, Bruant’s father died when he...

Bordeaux

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VII : Locations: Europe

The Continuum International, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 215,374 (1999) Bordeaux is the capital of the administrative region of Aquitaine in the southwest of France. Although the city itself has a population of just over 200,000, the greater...

Edith Piaf

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...With her songs “Non, je ne regrette rien” (1960) and “La vie en rose” (1946), Édith Piaf is a French cultural icon and considered to be France’s most popular singer. There are many biographies on Piaf, but much of her life remains unknown...

Léo Ferré

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...In the post-World War II milieu of French popular music, few figures were as important as Léo Férré. Ferré was born in Monaco in 1916; his father was the staff manager at the Monte Carlo Casino and his mother was a dressmaker from Italy...
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...As a songwriter, composer, and visual artist, Serge Gainsbourg parlayed his experience growing up in Nazi-occupied France into an innovative and crucial career. Born in 1925 to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents, Gainsbourg learned piano from...
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...Gilles Vigneault is a French-Canadian poet, publisher, and singer-songwriter. Born in Quebec, Canada, on October 27, 1928, Vigneault started off pursuing a career in poetry. During the 1950s, he published poems while also writing songs...

Corsica

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VII : Locations: Europe

The Continuum International, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 246,000 (2000) The mountainous Mediterranean island of Corsica lies 50 miles (82 km) off the west coast of Italy. It is separated by a narrow stretch of water, the Strait of Bonifacio, from the island...