Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Vian and America

Date: 10 Dec 2008

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    Jeff wrote:

    "Americans love French culture, e.g., French cuisine, the language, Serge Gainsbourg, . . ."

    I'd be amazed if most Americans have ever heard of Gainsbourg, except maybe as a one hit wonder ("Je T'Aime (Moi Non Plus)," which never even reached the top 40). Sure he's got a cult following, but even that was mostly associated with the highly ironic lounge set who also fetishized the likes of Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman. Even the more recent Gainsbourg tribute compilations and covers are mostly British and/or Australian.


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