Behind The Brel: The Story Of A Musical Genius

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Marc Almond looks at the darker side of French singer-songwriter Jacques Brel.

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In part two Marc Almond looks at the darker side of the legendary singer-songwriter Jacques Brel.

Apart from Ne Me Quitte Pas (If You Go Away), the Brel song that has been adapted for the English speaking world the most is Le Moribond. Its English translation is the Seasons in the Sun, but it's actually a story about a dying man wishing to see his loved ones for the very last time. Terry Jacks had a huge hit with Seasons in the Sun in America, Canada and the UK in 1973, and it was covered by Westlife in more recent times, but Marc Almond discovers that no one quite sings Brel like Brel.

Marc examines Brel's preoccupation with death, loss and loneliness and how growing up in occupied Belgium during the Second World War had a profound impact on his life and work. The programme also investigates how the French philosophical culture of the 50s influenced him.

As well as Seasons in the Sun, the songs featured in part two include Quand On N'a Que L'Amour (If We Only Have Love), Amsterdam, La Mort, Au Suivant, La Colombe and J'Arrive.

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Marc Almond looks at the darker side of French singer-songwriter Jacques Brel.

022010032320140828 (6M)

In part two Marc Almond looks at the darker side of the legendary singer-songwriter Jacques Brel.

Apart from Ne Me Quitte Pas (If You Go Away), the Brel song that has been adapted for the English speaking world the most is Le Moribond. Its English translation is the Seasons in the Sun, but it's actually a story about a dying man wishing to see his loved ones for the very last time. Terry Jacks had a huge hit with Seasons in the Sun in America, Canada and the UK in 1973, and it was covered by Westlife in more recent times, but Marc Almond discovers that no one quite sings Brel like Brel.

Marc examines Brel's preoccupation with death, loss and loneliness and how growing up in occupied Belgium during the Second World War had a profound impact on his life and work. The programme also investigates how the French philosophical culture of the 50s influenced him.

As well as Seasons in the Sun, the songs featured in part two include Quand On N'a Que L'Amour (If We Only Have Love), Amsterdam, La Mort, Au Suivant, La Colombe and J'Arrive.

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In part three of Behind the Brel: The Story of a Musical Genius, Marc Almond charts Jacques Brel's unconventional side and how he turned his back on family life in Belgium to pursue his dream of being a singer in France.

This episode also looks at how Brel sensationally quit singing at the height of his career before turning his hand to films - both directing and acting.

We also hear how his sense of freedom was so strong he undertook a trip to circumnavigate the globe on a sail boat.

Meanwhile singer and actress Elly Stone explains the American adaptation of Jacques Brel's song - La Valse a Mille Temps which was brought to life in the States as Carousel for the musical "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris". Stone explains the rather difficult translation process used for Carousel.

The programme also looks at Brel's last days (when was battling lung cancer) and examines his legacy.

Contributors in this episode include US singer-songwriter Rod Mckuen, Opera singer Toby Spence, Brel's daughter France Brel and Jean-Michel Boris who was in charge of the Olympia In Paris for Brel's last concert.

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03 LAST2010033020140829 (6M)

In part three of Behind the Brel: The Story of a Musical Genius, Marc Almond charts Jacques Brel's unconventional side and how he turned his back on family life in Belgium to pursue his dream of being a singer in France.

This episode also looks at how Brel sensationally quit singing at the height of his career before turning his hand to films - both directing and acting.

We also hear how his sense of freedom was so strong he undertook a trip to circumnavigate the globe on a sail boat.

Meanwhile singer and actress Elly Stone explains the American adaptation of Jacques Brel's song - La Valse a Mille Temps which was brought to life in the States as Carousel for the musical "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris". Stone explains the rather difficult translation process used for Carousel.

The programme also looks at Brel's last days (when was battling lung cancer) and examines his legacy.

Contributors in this episode include US singer-songwriter Rod Mckuen, Opera singer Toby Spence, Brel's daughter France Brel and Jean-Michel Boris who was in charge of the Olympia In Paris for Brel's last concert.

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