ePub No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf download
by Carolyn Burke
Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair The epic mess of Piaf’s love life, as well as the scale of her talent, make this story something special, while her brutal Dickensian childhood virtually ensured that she would spend her adult life in a doomed quest for perfect love and security. A poor girl from the Paris slums, she grew up among the downtrodden souls who later populated her lyrics and, through their mythic resonance, shaped the scenarios of twentieth-century French culture.
From the start of her exceptional career in the 1930s, her waif-like form and heart-wrenching voice endeared her first to the French, then to audiences around the globe.
Continue reading the main story
Continue reading the main story. Popular song gained an indelible image in 1935, when Édith Piaf, France’s fabled Little Sparrow, first stood onstage in a plain black dress, a rat’s nest of dark hair topping her weary eyes. Singing in a piquant tone with a thick vibrato, she poured out tales of working-class lives and endurance pushed to the brink, usually by love. Face, hands and voice were all she needed to bring her playlets to life. One of her trademarks, L’Accordéoniste, was written for her in 1940.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-269) and index. 1915-1925 - 1926-1932 - 1933-1935 - 1935-1936 - 1937-1939 - 1939-1942 - 1942-1944 - 1944-1946 - 1946-1948 - 1948-1949 - 1949-1952 - 1952-1956 - 1956-1959 - 1959-1960 - 1961-1962 - 1963.
She was born on December 19, 1915, in Belleville, a rackety slum to the east of Paris, to Louis Gassion, a contortionist, and Annetta Maillard, a street singer.
p. cm. eISBN: 978-0-307-59519-5.
Burke surveys all mayhem with thoughtfulness and respect. Raised by turns in a brothel, a circus caravan, and a working-class Parisian neighborhood, Piaf began singing on the city's streets, where she was discovered by a Champs-Elysees cabaret owner.
Nearly 50 years after death, as No Regrets proves, she still does.
The daughter of an acrobat and a singer, she was the first French superstar and sang with wild abandon in a voice that rivaled Judy Garland’s. Nearly 50 years after death, as No Regrets proves, she still does.
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