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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

33 1/3 Books

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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...
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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...

Left Bank

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

The Continuum International, 2016

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...Historically regarded as the haunt of Parisian intellectuals, the rive gauche (left bank) is actually the south bank of the Seine, and comprises a third of the French capital. After the Roman Era, it remained almost abandoned for centuries....

Paris

Olivier Julien

Olivier Julien is a lecturer in the history and musicology of popular music at Paris-Sorbonne University, France. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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

The Continuum International, 2016

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...Population: 2,200,000 (2004) Paris is the capital of France, with 12,000,000 people, or almost 20 percent of the French population, living in the city and its surrounding region. During antiquity...

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...