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18 May 2016
Edith Piaf: A Cultural History 
by David Looseley.
Liverpool, 254 pp., £25, October 2015, 978 1 78138 257 8
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... it was OK for her to be happy when she was singing ‘but not for long; it doesn’t go with my looks … It’s got to tear [the audience] apart, scream at them, that’s what my character is.’ In DavidLooseley’s new interpretation, Piaf’s notoriously elusive life story is best told as cultural history. This is a book about Piaf and her crowd. Rather than trying to get to the ‘real’ Piaf ...

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