Wednesday, September 9, 2009

After Hours

Jean Ferrat. Nuit et brouillard

Ferrat was (and still is) a French balladeer of some note. Sure, he was no Jacques Brel, but he looks a little like him, doesn't he? This tune is something of a downer, as it's a tribute to the victims of Nazi concentration camps. Well, his own father died at Auschwitz (he was born Jean Tenenbaum), so why not? Of course, in France it was really difficult to be just a plain anti-Nazi following WWII; you were pretty much required to be a Communist, too. And apparently, Ferrat fell in with that crowd. But his stuff was never that militant. Anyhow, he's got a pleasant voice and an easy manner, so it's easy to forget about all that Communism.

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