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Édith Piaf: A Cultural History

David Looseley


The world-famous French singer Édith Piaf (1915-63) was never just a singer. Dozens of biographies of her, of variable quality, have seldom got beyond the well known and usually contested ‘facts’ of her life. This book suggests new ways of understanding her. A ‘cultural history’ of Piaf means exploring her cultural, social and political significance as a national and international icon, looking at her shifting meanings over time, at home and abroad. How did she become a star and a myth? What did she come to mean in life and in death? What is her place in popular music yesterday and today? At t ... More

Keywords: Édith Piaf, cultural history, popular music, icon, myth, meanings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781781382578
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781382578.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Looseley, author
University of Leeds