Angelina Wismes: à Barbara

Barbara was one of “Les 3 B,” a triumvirate of singer-songwriters—including Georges Brassens and Jacques Brel—who defended French chanson from the onslaught of American and British pop/rock in the sixties. Her melancholy songs of survival were therapy for a cruel childhood (her Jewish family fled Paris from the Nazis and she was sexually abused by her father); her singing, almost conversational, had a raw, defiant intensity. … More Angelina Wismes: à Barbara