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...Despite not achieving mainstream popularity outside the Francophone world, Johnny Hallyday single-handedly brought rock music into the French market. Hallyday was born in 1943 in Paris, France. His father left the family early on and his...

Chanson

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...

France

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...