Georges Brassens and Jacques Brel
Personal and Social Narratives in Post-War Chanson
Distributed for Liverpool University Press
In Georges Brassens and Jacques Brel, Chris Tinker sheds new light on the pair and their work by moving beyond the biographical and linguistic approaches that tend to dominate the study of French song. Instead, Tinker focuses on the social and cultural impact of the music—and public personas—of Brassens and Brel. He explores the fascinating mix of the personal and the general in their lyrics and the way those often opposing impulses played out in their songs and through their careers. Tinker also is careful to give the musical aspects of the songs their proper attention, considering the ways in which they alternately support or undermine the personas developed in the singers' lyrics.
Georges Brassens and Jacques Brel will be the definitive look at the work—and the world—of the two greatest figures of chanson français.
Part I: The Self in Solitude
1. Approaching Death
2. Personal Diversions
Part II: The Self and Others
3. Woman and Love: From Tendresse to Passion
4. 'La Chanson du mal-aimé'
Part III: The Self and Society
5. Anti-Bourgeois Social Satire
6. Institutional Targets
7. National Identity and Anti-Nationalism
8. Political Engagement and Social Action