Wednesday, December 9, 2009

juliette greco


 
 
 

Juliette Greco is our latest French singer obsession.  She lived (or lives - she's still alive) a life that you couldn't make up.  As a young teenager she fought in the French Resistance against the Nazi occupation.  After the war, she hung around Paris with Jean-Paul Sartre and the other existentialists, smoking and philosophizing at Cafe de Flore and Les Deux Magots, becoming a through and through Bohemian.  She acted in Jean Cocteau films, read poetry at Le Tabou, got married to a famous New Wave actor (Michel Piccoli), and she recorded records; amazing, soulful records first in a folk style, and then later, in the 60s in a more grand style, aligning herself (although not quite) with the French Yeh-Yeh signers we love so much - Sylvie Vartan, Francoise Hardy, Chantal Goya.  Her whole life seems like a mini-history of France from WWII.  That one person could have participated in all the sacred parts of French life is almost unbelievable, but here she is.

3 comments:

seriouslyright? said...

wow she's beautiful!

<3

{Tara} said...

Another singer to download -- you just made my morning; I have been feeling bored with my music and wanting some new things to listen to!
xoxo
Tara

Kim said...

Maybe you could say as well that she was going out with Miles Davis in Paris when they were both 20...

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