Abelard, the medieval punk monk

12th century France Peter Abelard (1079–1142) You know the story: Teacher and student fall in love, have a baby (a boy, Astrolabe!), then marry secretly. Furious, student’s uncle has teacher castrated. The lovers separate, carry on in various monasteries and abbeys, all the while managing to stay in touch. Classic medieval shenanigans. So why all... Continue Reading →

Georges Moustaki (1934–2013) tribute wall

https://twitter.com/le_Parisien/status/339034041573601280 https://twitter.com/afpfr/status/337966364918677505 Homages from around the web https://twitter.com/NYTObits/status/338199546670747648 https://twitter.com/HuffPostArts/status/338270889508491264 https://twitter.com/guardianmusic/status/338063087573794816 http://twitter.com/franceculture/status/337645771870593026 https://twitter.com/Telerama/status/337544208716021760 https://twitter.com/Next_Liberation/status/337609112294666243 https://twitter.com/lemondefr/status/337484337354248192 https://twitter.com/lemondefr/status/337553528350466048 https://twitter.com/20minutesCult/status/337596859101093889 https://twitter.com/ParisMatch/status/337602719969849344 https://twitter.com/France24_en/status/339114298615947264 https://twitter.com/afpfr/status/339135027696783361 https://twitter.com/closerfr/status/339055313460264961 https://twitter.com/OLYMPIAHALL/status/337502162911391745 https://twitter.com/BerardAnne/statuses/369856171101798401

Chopin, the poet of the piano

Frédéric François Chopin was a classical pianist and composer. Born in Poland in 1810 to a French father and a Polish mother, Chopin arrived in Paris in October 1831 and died there in 1849 at the age of 39. Chopin’s Paris In addition to Chopin’s grave in Père Lachaise cemetery, there are several points of... Continue Reading →

DJ Mehdi, a magician at the turntables

Mehdi Favéris-Essadi 1977–2011 DJ Mehdi was a critically acclaimed and award-winning Paris-based music producer and DJ. He initially started out producing hip-hop records, most notably 113’s Les Princes de la Ville which won two major French music awards in 2000 (Rap Album of the Year and Best New Artist). He then crossed over to electronic... Continue Reading →

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