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...One of the best-known French performers, Maurice Chevalier achieved transatlantic success as an actor and singer. Born in Paris in 1888, Chevalier worked odd jobs until he was discovered singing in a café in 1901. During World War I...


Olivier Julien

Olivier Julien is a lecturer in the history and musicology of popular music at Paris-Sorbonne University, France. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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

The Continuum International, 2016

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...At 423 ft (129 m) above sea level, Montmartre is the highest of seven hills that surround central Paris. According to legend, it takes its name from the martyr of Saint-Denis, a missionary who was decapitated at the top of the mount...


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...