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Piaf : A Passionate Life by David Bret
  

Piaf : A Passionate Life

Biography / Autobiography   The Real World   
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An astonishing life story, now brought to life in the Oscar winning film La Vie En Rose. David Bret is an accomplished biographer and tells the rags to riches story of Edith Piaf with the co-operation of many friends and colleagues of the singer. A fascinating and powerful book.

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Piaf : A Passionate Life by David Bret

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 – Britainâs foremost authority on the French music-hall - tells Piafâs amazing rags-to-riches story with unprecedented detail, honesty and compassion. Friends, composers, lovers, colleagues and the father of Piafâs only child have confided in him. Skilfully analysing every aspect of this great artisteâs life, he paints a vivid portrait of the celebrated chanteuseâs triumphs and tragedies.

Illustrated with photographs from the authorâs 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.

Reviews

‘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
The Times

‘This is a diverting read, for Piaf was a headstrong talentâ
Daily Telegraph

‘Bret is renowned for his thorough research and sensational stories and is highly regarded by the peers of his many subjects…Rightly considered to be the definitive biography in the English languageâ
Good Book Guide

About the Author

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.

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Publication date

1st July 2007

Author

David Bret

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Author's Website

davidbret.co.uk/
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Publisher

Jr Books Ltd

Format

Paperback

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
The Real World


ISBN

9781906217204

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