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from the publishers and the author: The author does not endorse any Parisian
cabaret, including the great Le Moulin Rouge, where La Goulue worked as a Can
Can Dancer. Thus, no photos of said cabaret are included in this book. And no
trademark or logo of any Parisian cabaret has been used in this publication. All
photos and artwork were done by independent artists, such as Toulouse de Lautrec
and other French painters of the era, and who were not part of any cabaret
establishment. All camera-photos of Louise Weber were done by independent
photographers who had no ties to said cabaret, and were not employed by le
Moulin Rouge. In addition, some pictures were retrieved from France and the
United States National Archives (Public Domain) and private collection which do
not belong to any cabaret establishment. Oil paintings and personal photos of
Louis Weber are displayed by museums around the globe. The author did not use
any material or any text written by any cabaret. This book reflects his personal
opinions. Date: March 14, 2013
LOUISE WEBER (LA GOULUE): Louise Weber nicknamed La Goulue, was the creator of the French Can Can. And during the golden era of Montmartre, La Goulue was the undisputed queen of Parisian cabarets. Unfortunately she could not handle fame. She was blinded by fame and restless ambition. But she was genuine, generous to a fault, and larger than life. She left Montmartre’s Cabarets when she was on the top of the world, believing that she can do better if she starts her own cabaret; this was a fatal mistake that ruined her life. Once upon a time she threw money right and left. Tragically she ended her life homeless and died toothless and forgotten in the streets of Paris. This is the story of her rise and fall. Instead of paying her own bills, she paid the heavy medical bills of friends and prostitutes she knew years ago. And what was left, she donated to a synagogue and to a local church. Allegedly, Louise said “God, I do not know what religion you follow. Are you Catholic? Are you a Jew? I have no clues. This is why, I divided my donation between a church and a synagogue. But when I die, please have mercy on my soul, and keep for me a small corner in your paradise.”
Louise Weber lived the two lives of cabaret: The happy one of a rich and famous dancer on stage and the tragic one in her real life, when and where her last impoverished days ended her up in the streets of Paris; she died totally forgotten, homeless and toothless.
Volume 1. 9th Edition. Anthology and History of French Song and Music from 1730 to the Present Day. Origin, History, Music, Acts, Songwriters, Composers, Entertainers, Biggest Stars, and Human Drama. Published by Times Square Press, Paris, New York. A delightful book about the golden era of French music and Paris La Belle Epoque. It includes a chronology of France’s greatest stars, entertainers, composers, songwriters and poets.
V2. 9th Edition. Anthology and History of French Song and Music from 1730 to the Present Day. Origin, History, Music, Acts, Songwriters, Composers, Entertainers, Biggest Stars, and Human Drama. Published by Times Square Press, Paris, New York. A delightful book about the golden era of French music and Paris La Belle Epoque. It includes a chronology of France’s greatest stars, entertainers, composers, songwriters and poets.
Published by Times Square Press, New York. The “Sewing circle,” is a term referring to a secret group of lesbians and bisexual actresses who met at certain places to engage into intimate and sexual relationships. Many actresses of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s participated in the "sewing circles." The term was coined by actress Alla Nazimova. Those actresses lived double lives. It was during this particular era of Hollywood that the ‘lavender marriages’ became known and quite common; they gave the appearance of people and stars being legally and “normally” married, while in real life, they lived separately and engaged into sexual relationships with the same sex.
7th Edition. Vol.1. Anthology and History of French Song and Cabaret From 1780
to the Present Day: Origin, History, Music, Acts, Songwriters, Composers,
Entertainers, Biggest Stars, and Human Drama!! Part One. The set of 2 volumes
contains approx. 400 photos & artwork of the era. A treasure!!
Unforgettable pioneers of La Chanson Francaise: This is their story.... A story few heard, and many forgot already! But the author brings it back to life with all its mysteries, joy, sorrow, tears, laughs, drama, adventures, dreams, artists' lives,their ups and downs.
This book is a collector's item. In 1862, the Great Eugénie Emma Valladon (April 25, 1837-May 14, 1913) changed her name to Thérésa. She is considered to be the first French Diva. They called her "La Diva du Ruisseau". Paul Colin was the first to call her "diva". And with her, the golden era of the French "recital" and "concert" saw the light. She passed away in 1913. Her last show was at Le Chat Noir. Paulus could easily sing 25 songs per performance, and the audience asked for more, because his songs were happy and funny. He respected the military and religion, but never trusted a woman. He said, "women cheat on their husbands, they are stupid." With such an attitude satirically illustrated in his repertoire, Paulus became a sensation, and his audience grew overnight. To talk about la Belle Epoque, Parisian cabaret, and La Chanson Française, without mentioning odolphe Salis, (Born in Châtellerault in 1852, and died in 1897) would be a mockery of history, for he was the creator and co-owner of Le Chat Noir, France's most famous cabaret and almost earliest boite. Salis was "seigneur des bons mots et plaisanteries", (Master of smooth talk & jokes). One night, the future king Edouard VII came to his cabaret to listen to those crazy French bohemians and philosophes naturalists. Salis greeted him, while addressing him to his clientele, "Et bien regardez-moi celui-là : on dirait le Prince de Galles tout pissé !" (Look at this one, he looks like the Prince de Galles pissing all over himself.) Salis with Bruant, created a world of a delightful madness, incorrigible, grotesque but with a unique flair of intellectualism and adventures. Eloi, the father started his career in 1875, and ended it in 1911, Gaston, the son, in 1907 at age 17, and almost quit at age 80, but he kept on singing and performing, and he was so much fun!
Eloi is considered by historians and critics as the creator of a new genre called "comique troupier." And this creation began with his ridiculous song, "L'invalide à la tête de bois". French historians and Cabaret writers agree that Claudius was one of the greatest figures and pillars of France café-concert of the end of the era of the 19th century and the dawn of the 20th century. He began his life, working as a small-time clerk in a printing shop. But then, everything changed to better, when he made his debut at Gaîté-Rochechouart, followed by several appearances at La Cigale and the Scala. And he was able to compete with giants of the era, such as Polaire, Dranems, Max Dearly, Alice de Tenders, Polin, etc. Claudius did not know what elegance meant, and perhaps, intentionally, he wanted to look hilarious and ridiculous on stage to attract the attention of the masses, which neither knew what class or refinement were! On stage, he looked naïve and silly, but in real life, he was shrewd, considerate toward some, and "un home de charactere" (A man of character). The audience loved him. And his fanatic audience would sing along, while he was performing on stage. You could consider Claudius, as the first entertainer who knew how to create a warm and direct rapport with his the public. And he did it magnificently.
So on...enjoy the book...it is written by a historian who was part of the magic and nostalgic days of Paris La Belle Epoque.
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2. 7th edition. The first edition was published in 1963.
Mon Dieu! It a was paradise to be and live in Paris during "Les années folles", between the end of 1917 and 1934, especially if you were an eccentric artist, an intellectual adventurer, a frou-frou femme fatale, a genius or an independently wealthy American, willing to spend a lot of money in cabarets, on arts, dating and women. America's la crème de la crème was there. The American high society, the privileged class, the snobs (Although it was too early for the Americans to know how to be a snob), les bourgeois, wealthy filthy characters, the hustlers with a style, the scandalous adventurous women, the schmoozers and the cruisers, the handsome gigolos, the champagne, the caviar, the kisses and the misses, sex, the drama and all the "chic" pleasures of the era were to be found in bistros and cabarets. Hemingway was there. Paramour Stein too.
What made everybody want to go there and create, and drink, and dance, and paint, and write stories or invent them? Women?
Obnoxious, over-cultured and over-sophisticated Frenchmen?
Sinfully good wine?
Nice plat de fromage?
A new social, political and artistic era?
A modern Parisian revolution?
Yes! Yes! All of the above! Paris was magic.
And the people who lived in Paris were fabulous and delightfully mad! Compatriots used to say: “Tout le monde était fou et philosophe,” meaning: "Everybody was crazy and philosopher." Mistinguett, Edith Piaf, Sacha Guitry, Léo Ferré, Charles Trenet, Fernandel, Patachou, Jean Cocteau, Jean Gabin, Marlene Dietrich, Aristide Bruant, Jane Avril, La Goulue, Zozo Baker, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Picasso lived that magical era.
Who was there?
All types, sorts and kinds of artists from around the world. And they gathered in Paris’ most popular quarter, which was Montparnasse; La Ruche and Place Saint Michel became the center of struggling singers, musicians, entertainers, and artists. The rent was cheap, bohemians everywhere, and lots of daring women. Artists got drunk, and smoked Gauloise. It was heaven on earth, to all those who sought escape from the morbid reality of life. Paris' cafés and bars were packed! Many Americans were attracted to Paris at this time. From 1924 to 1926, Hemingway lived on Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs in Montparnasse. At the very beginning, he was not quite famous in Paris, so he brought letters of introduction to Gertrude Stein, and Ezra Pound. Stein was a big name back then, and her house at 27 Rue de Fleuris was a true salon des arts, where artists, cabaret singers, philosophers, and coquettes made le plat du jour. In 1916, Sylvia Beach, a wealthy American woman, settled in Paris, and opened a huge bookshop, she called “Shakespeare and Company.” In 1922, Claude Cahun moved into 70 Notre-Dame-des Champs road, in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris, with her lover, Suzanne Malherbe. Artist and poet E. E. Cummings lived also in Montparnasse, between 1921-1923. He adored Paris. He described it as a "divine section of eternity". Montparnasse’s favorite hang outs and cafés were Dôme and Rotonde, Le Selecte, and Le Coupole, all located on the Boulevard de Montparnasse. Breton, Erik Satie, Modigliani, and Pablo Picasso were regular customers. Modigliani was usually seen by night. He was a certified night prowler. French waiters hated his gusts, because he would only drink cheap red wine, and leaves no tips, unless a beautiful coquette was around. The afternoons were for Ford Madox and Ezra Pound. They would spend hours playing chess on the terrace of the Dôme. Later in the afternoon Matisse, and Picasso will show up and so on..
In 2 Volumes: 4th Edition. History of Pioneers of La Chanson Française and French Music from 1880 to 1980 (History, Music, Acts, Songwriters, Composers, Entertainers, Biggest Stars)
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Volume I from a set of 2 Volumes.
From the table of contents
Early pioneers of French music and La Chanson Française
• Marc-Antoine-Madelaine Desaugiers
• 1785: First French Song to become a national hit, “Plaisir D’amour”
• Written by Jean-Pierre Claris de Floriant and Jean-Paul Egide
• Pierre Dupont (1821-1870)
• Dupont’s most famous songs
• Les bœufs (1845)
• Chant des ouvriers (1846)
• Les sapins (1846)
• Chant du pain (1846)
• Chant des nations (1846)
• Chant des paysans (1849)
• Marie-Léonide Charvin (1832-August 1891)
• Changed her name to Agar
• Monument to Agar
• First Edition of Prix du Jockey Club in Chantilly
• The Great Eugénie Emma Valladon (April 25, 1837-May 14,1913)
• Thérésa, a few days before she passed away in 1913. Her last show was at Le Chat Noir
• Caricature of Thérésa
• Germain Girard a.k.a Gaston Villemer (1840-1892)
• Famous songs he wrote
• Jean-Paul Habens, a.k.a Paulus
• Paulus and Octave Pradels, November 30, 1906
• Jean Richepin
• Lucien Delormel
• Léon Garnier
• Revue Fin de Siecle, by Léon Garnier
• Clovis-Césaire Lefèvre a.k.a Clovis
• Rodolphe Salis
• Ouvrard, Father & Son (Ouvrard, Père et Fils)
• One of France’s first cabaret comic/comedic acts!
• Claudius “Maurice Jouet”
• Jules Jouy
• Louis Maurel
• Paul Delmet
• Yvette Guilbert
• Historical perspective
• Le Chat Noir
• The very beginning: Les Hydropathes
• Cabaret du Néant
• Brasserie des Martyrs
• The flamboyant Aristide Bruant
• Early songwriters of the French cabaret
• Early composers of the French cabaret
• The bizarre cabarets of Paris
• Cabaret du Néant
• Cabaret de l’enfer
• Cabaret du ciel
• Among the great stars and celebrities who performed at “Les Follies” were…
What was going on?
• Les Années Folles
• Gay Paris in the 20s and 30s: Background, Cabaret, Music, People, Places, Personalities, Pleasure, Style, Fashion, Arts, Poetry, Women, always Women, and Adventure
• “Tout le monde était fou et philosophe.”
• Famous people of the era
• Roster of the who's who of Gay Paris
• Who was there?
• The giants of the era were
VOL II. 4th Edition. History of Pioneers of La Chanson Française and French Music from 1880 to 1980 (History, Music, Acts, Songwriters, Composers, Entertainers, Biggest Stars)
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Paperback: This week
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Paperback: This week
from the publishers and the author: This book replaces the previous edition of
“Moulin Rouge, History, Stars, Shows, etc.” which is no longer available. The
author does not endorse any Parisian cabaret. Thus, no photos of any Parisian
cabaret (Still in operation) are included in this book. And no trademark or logo
of any Parisian cabaret has been used in this publication. All photos and
artwork were done by independent artists, such as Toulouse de Lautrec and other
French painters of the era, and who were not part of any cabaret establishment.
All camera-photos of performers, dancers and singers were done by independent
photographers who had no ties to any cabaret. In addition, some pictures were
retrieved from France and the United States National Archives (Public Domain)
and private collection which do not belong to any cabaret establishment. The
author did not use any material or any text written by any establishment. This
book reflects his personal opinions. Date: March 14, 2013.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Gorgeous women, more gorgeous women, music, nudity, art, high fashion, style, class, champagne, cognac, scandals, betrayed lovers, gossip, beautiful legs and intellectual derrieres, dancers, singers, acrobats, deals on the wheels, machins et trucs, mistresses in abundance, gossip, lots of decoltés, intoxicating. perfumes, sex, non-stop orgies, divorcées, impotents “bavards”, chic gigolos, bleeding hearts, prostitutes, colorful “trotteuses”, microphones that don’t work, arrogant waiters, five star menus, homosexuals, lesbians, de Givenchy and Christian Dior’s mannequins and lots of B.S. molded the caché and ambiance of the early days of Parisian cabarets. Amid this Babylonian Caravan Serail, shrewd entrepreneurs by raison d’être, opened their cabarets in Paris. The entire city of Paris came to witness the birth of the French Can Can which was originally called by the Parisians “Le Quadrille Naturaliste ou Realiste.” La belle époque…bohemians…adventures…drama… melodrama…comedia…women and always women… music…art…songs…nostalgia were the fabric and soul of French cabaret. La Belle Epoque was characterized by prosperity, laisser faire attitude and social freedom, and gave birth to a new platform of arts and entertainment. By the end of the century, Paris had more than 265 century’s café-concerts or ‘theatres of the poor’. And for the first time, people from all walks of life, aristocrats, bourgeois, self-proclaimed philosophers, workers, artists, and bohemians mingled together, danced and explored new venues of passe-temps and Parisian fantasies.In addition, the French allowed the public to mingle with the artists, performers, dancers and singers, thus creating a very welcoming and warm rapport with the stars.
The impressive French gathering of artists and display of their talents took place in fantastic halls decorated with plants, trees, fountains, cascades and waterfalls. The halls were transformed into Babylonian hanging gardens. Pure magic. Mix all this with crèpe-de-Chine, frou frou, chiffon, well-manicured caniches (French poodle), aged Cognac, Champagne, horny aristocrats, fake millionaires, high-priced courtisanes (Courtesans), Parisian gossip, gigolos, madams, bohemians, romantic songs, broken promises, cozy bistros, coquettes des boulevards, croissants au beure, Gaston, Maurice, Brigitte, Chantal, and you get the perfect delightful French Cabaret madness formula! Paris was wild! And Le Cabaret was ready for it. Insiders said: “It was Le Cabaret that created all this!”