Le Deserteur

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When was Le Deserteur written? When was it banned in France? Does there exist a list of recorded versions of this song? A LP/CD? Has anything been written on the history of Le Deserteur? Thanks for any answers!

-- martin blindheim (martin@rus.no), August 09, 2000


Here is one of the better sites - http://www.franceloisirs.com/FL/boris_vian/index.htm the french sites have more info usually.

-- robert whyte (rob@toadshow.com.au), October 07, 2001.

"[Boris] Vian is still famous for his pacifist song, Le Deserteur, which was written as a protest against the French war in Algeria, and which sold thousands of copies in France before it was banned." From: http://www.senseofurgency.org/schmurz.html, a one-page bio of Boris Vian. I don't know about a list of recorded versions of it. What I have heard is a recording of it on an album of Peter, Paul, and Mary.

-- Charles McKeon Jr (cmckeonjr@aol.com), August 07, 2004.

At http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/bvian.htm the date given for Le Deserteur is 1955.

-- Charles McKeon Jr (cmckeonjr@aol.com), August 07, 2004.

I have a copy on vinyl by Serge Reggiani, on the Jacques Canetti label. The disc appears to be called simply Album No 2, Bobino.

-- Richard Seabrook (Richard.seabrook@xansa.com), January 04, 2005.

This song is as relevant now as it was when written. I sing a version translated by (I think) Leon Rosellson.

-- Bob Walker (bobwalker_sr@yahoo. co.uk), January 12, 2005.

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