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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...


Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

...A lyricist is the author of words intended to be sung. The lyricist generally works in collaboration with the composer of the music for a song. The lyrics of a song may also be written by the same person or persons responsible for composing...


Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The word ‘chanson,’ the French for ‘song,’ is used in English to identify the genre of French popular song. It is a very large field with a long history, one that embraces a great variety of styles and trends. From Aristide Bruant...


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

The Continuum International, 2016

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...Population: 60,424,213 (2004) Situated at the western tip of the European continent, north of the Spanish peninsula, France has had a slow development as a country. More than one thousand years ago, it began as the Kingdom of France...