Bastille Day is now just 4 days away which got me thinking about one of the most amazing French artists of all time: Edith Piaf.
Like any other famous artist, her life is full of mystery and myth. The place where she was born is still not clear, and when she died some people say that her last husband took her dead body to Paris to make people believe she died in the city that witnessed her transformation into an icon of French culture .
You probably know her work from two songs: “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" (gosh, no one sings this song like her!) and “La Vie en Rose”, which is included in the list of Grammy Hall of Fame Awards. Her repertoire, however, is immense and there are many, many beautiful songs that are not so popular. One of her famous quotes is: “I want to make people cry even when they don't understand my words”, and she definitively achieved that.
If you want to learn more about Edith Piaf, the library has lots of material to offer:
- La vie en rose: "La môme"
- The Little Sparrow
- L’essentiel Edith Piaf
- Hymn to Love: all her greatest hits in English
- La Môme de Paris
- Piaf au Carnegie Hall 1956-1957
- La Vie en Rose (Amazing performance my Marion Cotillard!)