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Jacques Brel: The Biography

By Alan Clayson

An influence on the likes of David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker and Ray Davies of The Kinks, Jacques Brel remains a figurehead of modern songwriting – without composing a single line in English.

His wry, watchful lyricism and intense performances caught the attention of the public, and his songs would go on to sell over 25 million copies worldwide. With English translations recorded by the likes of Bowie, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Nina Simone, his lasting influence is potent.

This expansive biography by esteemed journalist Alan Clayson recounts his childhood days in 1930s Belgium through to his final reclusive years on a remote Pacific island. Following him from his beginnings as a vocalist on the Belgium circuit to becoming an international star, Jacques Brel: The Biography is the definitive story of a cult performer.

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