New Book on French Popular Music

Post-War French Popular Music by Adeline Cordier
Post-War French Popular Music by Adeline Cordier

Congratulations to our former colleague, Adeline Cordier, on the recent publication of her book Post-War French Popular Music: Cultural Identity and the Brel-Brassens-Ferré Myth. Adeline’s study examines the work of Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens and Léo Ferré, three emblematic figures of post-war French popular music who have been constantly associated with each other by the public and the media. They have been described as the epitome of chanson, and of ‘Frenchness’. But there is more to the trio than a musical trinity: this new study examines the factors of cultural and national identity that have held together the myth of the trio since its creation.

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