No Regrets The Life of Edith Piaf (Hardcover)
|Author: Carolyn Burke|
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|The beloved French chanteuse comes to life in this enthralling biography, which captures Piaf''s charismatic appeal along with the time and place that gave rise to her remarkable international career.|
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The beloved French chanteuse comes to life in this enthralling definitive biography, which captures Edith Piaf’s charismatic appeal along with the time and place that gave rise to her remarkable international career.
Raised by turns in a brothel, a circus caravan, and a working-class Paris neighborhood, Piaf began singing on the city’s streets, where she was discovered by a Champs-Élysées cabaret owner. She became a star almost overnight, seducing Paris’s elite and the people of its slums in equal measure with her passionate, powerful voice. No Regrets explores her tumultuous love affairs and struggles with drugs, alcohol, and illness, while also bringing new dimensions to this iconic life based on previously unavailable sources. Piaf aided the Resistance effort in World War II, became a talented lyricist who wrote “La Vie en Rose” and other classics, and was an exacting mentor to younger singers and artists.
Here is Piaf in her world—Paris in the first half of the twentieth century—and in our own, as Burke shows how and why her legacy has endured into our time.
"[I]conic French singer Edith Piaf is accorded a perceptive, supportive, even definitive biography by seasoned biographer Burke...." - Brad Hooper 02/01/2011 "Burke is meticulous. She rejects the apocryphal, precedes conjecture with 'perhaps' and avoids casting anyone in too harsh a light." - James Gavin 03/27/2011