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Edith Piaf

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...With her songs “Non, je ne regrette rien” (1960) and “La vie en rose” (1946), Édith Piaf is a French cultural icon and considered to be France’s most popular singer. There are many biographies on Piaf, but much of her life remains unknown...

Lyricist

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

...A lyricist is the author of words intended to be sung. The lyricist generally works in collaboration with the composer of the music for a song. The lyrics of a song may also be written by the same person or persons responsible for composing...

Rewiring love-sick text and listening for the presence of the dark lady

D. Ferrett

D Ferrett teaches Cultural Studies, Philosophy and Popular Music at Falmouth University, UK. She has published work on themes of abjection and interviews with Diamanda Galás and Maggie Nicols. As both a theorist and music-maker, D’s focus on the voice brings together an interest in critical writing, gender studies and subversive sound practices. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dark Sound : Feminine Voices in Sonic Shadow

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...Leonard Cohen’s album Old Ideas (2012) features a track entitled ‘Darkness’ in which the lyrics establish the dark as a contagion caught by the body and mind: ‘I caught the darkness, it was drinking from your cup / I caught the darkness...

Microphone Moods

Lars Nyre

Lars Nyre is an Associate Professor at the University of Bergen and Volda University College, Norway. He is chair of the research network Digital Radio Cultures in Europe (www.drace.org) and has published articles about mass media in research journals including Journalism Studies and the Journal of Radio and Audio Media Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sound Media : From Live Journalism to Music Recording

Taylor & Francis Group, 2008

Scholarly Books

...Pop music is characterized by an intimacy with singers that runs so deep in our auditory perception that we almost never think about it. This intimacy has much to do with the microphone, which was developed for music recording in the 1920s....

Chanson

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The word ‘chanson,’ the French for ‘song,’ is used in English to identify the genre of French popular song. It is a very large field with a long history, one that embraces a great variety of styles and trends. From Aristide Bruant...

France

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VII : Locations: Europe

The Continuum International, 2016

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...Population: 60,424,213 (2004) Situated at the western tip of the European continent, north of the Spanish peninsula, France has had a slow development as a country. More than one thousand years ago, it began as the Kingdom of France...