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My cocked eyed life

From Des Boutons Dorés to Pour moi la vie va commencer, via the famous Captain Flam, three generations know his songs and melodies.

When he recounts his memories, Jean-Jacques Debout rends a genuine picture of the last 50 years of French chanson.

As a young singer admired by his peers, he has tied personal relations with many great artists, and retells them in a different and original light.

This optician’s son, fascinated by music, was born with the gift of friendship. In his childhood, he becomes friend with Jean-Paul Goude, who was drawing in secret at home, with Jacques Mesrine, who was the best one for incongruous irruptions…

As soon as Jean-Jacques starts in the music industry he becomes friends with Marlene Dietrich, Charles Trenet, Patachou, Barbara, Brel, Brassens… After returning from a few unhappy months under the flags, he arrives in the middle of the “Salut les copains” era and writes phenomenal successes for his friends Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan, Dalida and of course Chantal Goya, who will be his wife and interpreter of his fairy shows…

Jean-Jacques Debout wanted to put in these pages all the emotion of a life marked by adventures and beautiful encounters. And we discover with passion a songwriter who has animated the glorious years of French chanson, but above all, a man who has the talent to love.


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