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(en) Georges Brassens - a lifelong anarchist, & the French "Renaissance of Song"

From Bureau of Public Secrets <knabb@slip.net>
Date Fri, 31 Oct 2003 07:14:57 +0100 (CET)

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"Brassens and the other post-World War II French singers are responsible for
the greatest renaissance of song in modern times. . . . The great secret of
Brassens is that he speaks for the hardcore unassimilables with complete
self-awareness. He knew that he and behind him his ever-growing following
could not and never would be assimilated, and he knew why, and he said so in
every song, whatever that song was about. With him the counterculture comes
of age."
(Kenneth Rexroth, "Subversive Aspects of Popular Songs")

Georges Brassens was a lifelong anarchist, and his songs express a lively
antiauthoritarian spirit, even if most of them are about the simple pains
and pleasures of life rather than about specifically political topics.

Unfortunately, few English-speaking people are aware of him.

In an attempt to help remedy this situation, I have put together a new
webpage which briefly discusses Brassens and the other creators of the
French "renaissance of song", and which also includes links to some of the
most useful Brassens sites on the Web. It's at
http://www.bopsecrets.org/recent/brassens.htm .

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