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A tiny, black-clad figure with a scorchingly powerful voice who dominated stages around the world for almost thirty years, the legendary Edith Piaf still reigns supreme more than four decades after her death, as the huge popularity of the Oscar-winning biopic La Vie En Rose has proved.
In this powerful book, David Bret â€“ Britainâ€™s foremost authority on the French music-hall - tells Piafâ€™s amazing rags-to-riches story with unprecedented detail, honesty and compassion. Friends, composers, lovers, colleagues and the father of Piafâ€™s only child have confided in him. Skilfully analysing every aspect of this great artisteâ€™s life, he paints a vivid portrait of the celebrated chanteuseâ€™s triumphs and tragedies.
Illustrated with photographs from the authorâ€™s collection and containing a complete discography, Piaf also features detailed appendices of her films, stage-plays and all stage and screen tributes to date, making this the most comprehensive and up-to-date biography available.
â€˜The astounding stamina of Piaf as a cultural icon is well illustrated by this biography that enthusiastically presents factors that raise the chanteuse to diva statusâ€™
â€˜This is a diverting read, for Piaf was a headstrong talentâ€™
â€˜Bret is renowned for his thorough research and sensational stories and is highly regarded by the peers of his many subjectsâ€¦Rightly considered to be the definitive biography in the English languageâ€™
Good Book Guide
Publication date: 01/07/2007
Publisher: Jr Books Ltd
|Publication date:||1st July 2007|
|Publisher:||Jr Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, The Real World,|
David Bret was born in Paris. His many acclaimed biographies include Clark Gable: Tormented Star and Joan Crawford: Hollywood Martyr (both published by JR Books). He lives in Yorkshire.More About David Bret