By Carolyn Burke
The enduring French singer involves lifestyles during this biography, which captures Edith Piaf’s massive air of mystery in addition to the time and position that gave upward push to her overseas profession. Raised by way of turns in a brothel, a circus caravan, and a working-class Parisian local, Piaf begun making a song at the city’s streets, the place she was once stumbled on through a Champs Elysées cabaret proprietor. She grew to become a celebrity nearly in a single day, seducing all of Paris along with her passionate voice, and No Regrets explores her meteoric upward thrust; her tumultuous amorous affairs; and her struggles with medicinal drugs, alcohol, and affliction. Piaf used to be an not going pupil of poetry and philosophy who aided Resistance efforts in international conflict II, wrote the lyrics for almost a hundred songs, together with “La vie en rose,” and used to be a very important mentor to more youthful singers akin to Yves Montand and Charles Aznavour. Burke demonstrates how, together with her braveness, her incomparable paintings, and her common attraction, “the little sparrow” endures as a logo of France and a resource of idea to entertainers the area over.
"A definitive, completely researched biography. . . . [Burke] deftly depicts the future of Piaf from her beginning to her tragic demise at age forty seven. . . . No Regrets is exhaustively accomplished; Burke spoke with with regards to every body who knew, fashionable or enjoyed Piaf." —Miami Herald
"Burke proves that the 'feral' Piaf's 'short, wayward life' was once extra advanced and exciting than [the] primary narrative arc may recommend. . . . [No Regrets] fills within the blanks of a lifestyles that almost all readers will in simple terms have formerly glimpsed in huge strokes. . . . [A] detailed . . . thorough biography." —Columbus Dispatch
"Burke's amazing biography of Edith Piaf shucks the simplistic arc of self-destructive urchin to a extra advanced portrait that incorporates the singer's heroics within the French Resistance and roles as mentor, lyricist, and enduring icon." —Marie Claire
"Concise and gracefully written. . . . Burke is meticulous . . . [she] surveys all [Piaf's] mayhem with thoughtfulness and respect." —James Gavin, long island instances publication Review
"Sympathetic . . . fascinating . . . hugely effective." —Graham Robb, ny assessment of Books
"A perceptive, supportive, even definitive biography by way of professional biographer Burke, who had entry to formerly untapped Piaf files. . . . A compelling existence story." —Booklist
"[An] eloquent include of the famed French singer-songwriter. . . . As Burke hyperlinks the singer's lyrics and lifestyles during this evocative portrait, uncooked feelings emerge, etched with Piaf's 'poignant mixture of vulnerability and defiance.'" —Publishers Weekly
"[A] sharp, culturally resonant biography . . . an empathetic depiction of the French chanteuse, as famed for her amorous affairs as for songs like 'La vie en rose.' . . . notwithstanding Piaf ruined her wellbeing and fitness and died younger, this lucid, unsentimental appraisal means that she had the lifestyles she sought after, choked with 'hectic drama' fueled through the singer's 'boundless joie de vivre.'" —Kirkus Reviews
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Extra resources for No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf
At this point in telling the story of her life, Piaf forgot her evenings on the café table in Bernay. “I had never sung before,” she said decades later. ’ ” This patriotic choice can be seen as a reframing of her “first” performance, in the years when France was recovering from the Great War. But it is of interest to note that as a fledgling performer in 1936, Piaf told a journalist that she had sung “L’Internationale”—then the anthem of communist and socialist parties worldwide. Whichever song she performed that night, they took in twice as much money as usual.
But she rarely went to mass, preferring her private devotion to institutionalized ritual. Edith’s faith was tested when Cécelle became ill in the summer of 1935. P’tit Louis came to her cabaret to tell her that the two-year-old had meningitis, then considered incurable. She had been rushed to the Children’s Hospital, on the Left Bank, for a lumbar puncture—a treatment that required a waiting period to see if the patient would survive. ” On July 6, she walked all the way from Pigalle to the hospital in time to see Cécelle open her eyes.
The chronology of these events is unclear, but the void caused by the loss of Cécelle was partly filled by the man who became Edith’s protector. ) Their liaison, which may have predated Cécelle’s departure from her life, perhaps explains why Edith did not go back to Belleville for her. And at eighteen she could not have understood that she was being drawn into a closed world, with its own codes and expectations. Edith’s life at the Régence blended imperceptibly into a situation from which it would have been almost impossible to escape.