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Alain Bashung

Alain Bashung : French rocker and even more

Today I will write about one of the most famous French rocker and songwriter: Alain Bashung.

Alain Bashung is born in 1947 in Paris, he will become a very famous songwriter and singer in France. The Beginnings of his career was difficult. His first success was in 1980 with the song « Gaby oh Gaby » which became a breakthrough success, with more than a million copies sold.

After this, he makes a lot of albums, some of them are really a success, and some the others stay more confidential like « Play blessures » made with Serge Gainsbourg. The 90’s will be for Bashung the moment of mainstream success. He made a numerous another album like « l’Imprudence ».

He died in 2009 from a Lung cancer, the same year he was made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and received three prestigious « Victoires de la Musique » awards for his last album « Bleu pétrole ».

If I choose to write about Alain Bashung this not only because of his success in France but also because he is really a full-time artist, he tried a lot of music style, from the
rock, the country, the new wave rock, and even some punk rock. His style is characterized by a darkness in the lyrics and a deep poetry. He also had a short career of an actor in French movies. So we can say that he was and stay great figures of the French rock scene and he inspired a lot of actual french musicians.

Short bio of the volunteer:

I’m Léo and I’m 22 years Old, I study History and Political Sciences in France university, I came from Caen in Normandy, and last year I was studying In Bordeaux. I’m a huge fan of music especially rock music, one of my favorite band is « The Black Keys », a band from Akron, USA.


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