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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...

Edith Piaf

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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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...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

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...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...
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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...

Corsica

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

The Continuum International, 2016

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...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...

Serge Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson

Darran Anderson

Darran Anderson is an Irish writer. He is a co-editor of 3:AM Magazine and formerly Dogmatika. He is the author of the poetry collections Tesla’s Ghost (Blackheath Books), The Fool and The Magnetic Mountain as well as the forthcoming critical study of Jack Kerouac for Reaktion Books. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...Outside his native France, the view of Serge Gainsbourg was once of a one-hit wonder lothario. This has been slowly replaced by an awareness of how talented and innovative a songwriter he was. Gainsbourg was an eclectic, protean figure...