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The Piaf legend
Bret, David.
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New York : Parkwest : Robson Books, 1989.
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188 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
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ML420.P52 B7 1988 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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David Bret's moving book contains much new information, a complete discography and a listing of Piaf's films and theater performances. It is a fitting tribute to this legendary star.

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Booklist Review

Edith Piaf was the queen of French music halls and the most popular, arguably the greatest, of their dramatic chanteuses-realistes for more than two decades. Her rough, highly emotive voice and her life-style--with many lovers and late nights of carousing--made her a worldwide sensation from the late 1930s to her death in 1963. Bret, who spent five years researching Piaf, has drawn of her life a coherent picture. He interweaves the biographical line with illustrative song lyrics (presented in the original French with Bret's English translations) and brief plot summaries of her plays and films. The writing is clear although images and expressions are often cliched. Bret refers to so many names and song titles (usually untranslated) that indexes would have greatly aided readability and research value. Appended are eight lists, including a discography and filmography. --Angus Trimnell

Publisher's Weekly Review

In yet another biography of Edith Piaf, an English writer tries to explain why the recorded singing of a tiny waif-like woman in a ``little black dress'' continues to move people throughout the world, 26 years after her death. Bret presents little new information--and is no more successful than his predecessors in uncovering the reasons for Piaf's enormous appeal. Again he tells the story of her humble beginnings, her early enduring fame, her dramatic flair, generosity and love of life, marriages, many affairs. Reflecting the words of one of her most popular songs, Piaf, in Bret's portrait, lived life to the fullest and cared for people, but not for what they thought of her. Photos. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved