Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ode to Sylvie Vartan

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  Sylvie Vartan was one of the most famous of the French yé-yé girls of the 60's. She had a really interesting life - she was born in Sofia, Bulgaria (where Adam's grandfather is from!) before moving to France, becoming discovered as a teen pop star and marrying Johnny Hallyday, the famous "French Elvis".  Adam loves how her career crosses paths with all these great musicans - she toured with UK rockabilly star Vince Taylor, for instance, whose story was the inspiration for David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, etc. Adam goes on and on if you let him...

There weren't really teen stars there until Sylvie came along.  She changed the meaning of a singer in France, becoming known for dancing and singing, which was a big deal at the time- weird, I know.  Wikipedia  describes her as having the toughest sound out of all the yé-yé girls, but I don't know...she's still sort of sticky sweet to me. For instance, her covers of "Baby, it's you" and "Locomotion"- pretty innocent, but still a favorite when I feel like French pop music.  Adam thinks French covers of English/American pop songs are the perfect combination of absolute silliness and absolute sophistocation.
Check out the Every Little Counts ode to Sylvie here

8 comments:

fadetoblack said...

love the round sunglasses :)

{Tara} said...

She is utterly irresistible...I also wouldn't call her music "tough." Her sound is so sweet and girlish. Love 'ye-ye' music!

Dream Sequins said...

Oh I was obsessed with that French 60s sound and look in college! Thanks so much for sharing about Sylvie :)

BTW, I didn't know you moved to NY from LA! I'm giving away a pair of tickets to a fashion show in NY on my blog if you're interested :)

stephanie renee said...

love these photos, they make me wish i had blonde hair!

Liv Lundelius said...

she is really hot and inspiring!
hooray for the blondes ; )

Emma said...

That picture with the bird on her head is adorable
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alixrose said...

I love her style, thank you for sharing her with us. I love how carefree she is!

Samantha Chater said...

i love this post -especially the pic of her reading. girls and books - always a winner. xx

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