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“Life” by Keith Richards and “Les demoiselles de Rochefort” … Our advice for growing during confinement

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To pass the time this weekend with confinement, franceinfo offers cultural advice during this particular period of fight against coronavirus. We will advise you on reading, music, series or films every day.

A book : Life, by Keith Richards

It is a book that has become a classic. A dive into the hectic life of Keith Richards. In his autobiography, Life, the guitarist of the Rolling Stones looks back on 50 years of career and escapades, the love of music pegged to the body.

There are also specialist books written on legends: recent and excellent David Bowie: Rainbow Man by Jérome Soligny (Gallimard), Girls Rock by Sophie Rosemont (Nile), or Supreme NTM compiled by Olivier Cachin (Michel Lafon). And then there are those legends about themselves: with Keith Richards, everyone is served.

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It took journalist James Fox five years to collect and format the confessions of the brilliant guitarist. And when it was released in 2010, Life caused a blast. It must be said that Keith Richards is firing on it. From the cover, he signs it: “Believe it or not, I haven't forgotten anything“. Not even escapades, drugs – only good quality”so as not to get damaged“health, he swears -, women, arrests around the world. Every page or almost is a comedy delight.

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Keith unpacks everything on Mick, too, on their relationship which has slowly deteriorated, even if today the two are peaceful. Jagger the assagi, the noble, the pedantic, nothing to do with this kid passionate about the blues he had crossed at the turn of the 1960s. at the crotch. At 77, Keith Richards is still a kid. He continues to tour the world with the Stones, rid of his addictions, even cigarettes. And finally, in this book, it is his passion for the guitar that shows through: the chord grids worked, the hours of training, this legendary riff for (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction found one day. Life, by Keith Richards, rock monument, much larger than life itself.

Keith Richards, Life (Robert Laffont). Available in digital book and audio-book.

A movie : The young ladies of Rochefort

Here is a cult film, calibrated to cheer up: The young ladies of Rochefort by Jacques Demy and Michel Legrand. VSis in 1967 the third film for which Jacques Demy calls upon Michel Legrand, after Lola and Umbrellas of Cherbourg. It is for both a joyful apotheosis, a perfect harmony between image and music, a feat of the composer who wrote for Alexandrian dialogues, after several attempts.

The success of the film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Palme d'Or at Cannes three years earlier, offers Jacques Demy more resources for this film, shot outdoors, in Rochefort. Luxury casting, American choreography with Gene Kelly, bright colors, joie de vivre, The young ladies of Rochefort is apparently lighter than previous films.

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In appearance only. The two twins, Delphine and Solange, Catherine Deneuve and her sister Françoise Dorléac, are bored, dream of Paris, to leave Rochefort where their mother Danielle Darrieux is morfond of the love that she could not retain.

Quest for perfect love, melancholy of regrets, Jacques Demy inflicts trials on his characters, but the joy of his film announces a happy ending. Happy without being silly. In this colorful imagination highlights the appetite of the rebellious youth of the time and the emancipation of women who learn to distrust men.

Of all the musicals of the Demy-Legrand duo, The young ladies of Rochefort is the one with the most unforgettable songs.

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