Dick’s Picks: French Poetry Vinyl Anthologies

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Dick’s Picks: This week our resident vinyl guru ‘Mr A’ has decided to get a little metaphysical on yo’ ass with a selection of French poetry anthologies, ‘wot no rock, metal, prog or psych’ I hear you ask, what’s that got to do with music and why should we care?

Well, leaving aside the potential benefits of immersing yourself in 600 years worth of some of the finest literary culture, close inspection reveals that good ‘ol rock ‘n’ roll has been ransacking this particular branch of literature for years; from the symbolist poets Verlaine and Rimbaud who provided the name for Television’s Tom Verlaine and were oft quoted in the lyrics of Dylan “mine have been like Verlaine’s and Rimbauds”, and if that’s not enough consider if you will the words of that infamous debauched libertine Charles Baudelaire who once proclaimed “personally, I think that the unique and supreme delight lies in the certainty of doing evil–and men and women know from birth that all pleasure lies in evil”….whoah! Stitch that Pete Doherty…..rock and, err indeed, roll!

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LINETTE FISHER & GEORGES GUY An Anthology Of French Poetry Volume I: 1960 US 11-track spoken word LP featuring poems by a selection of French poets who wrote between 1394 & 1666, over two hundred and fifty years of culture spread over two sides of vinyl, complete with an eleven page fold out booklet to accompany the album, more info here
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LINETTE FISHER & GEORGES GUY An Anthology Of French Poetry Volume II (Amazing 1957 US first issue 9-track spoken word LP featuring poems by a selection of French poets who wrote in the Eighteenth & Nineteenth Centuries, nearly two hundred years of culture spread over two sides of vinyl, more info here
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GEORGES GUY / VARIOUS Poems By Verlaine, Rimbaud & Mallarmé (1960 US 28-track spoken word LP featuring poems by a selection of French poets who wrote between 1842 & 1898, complete with an eight page fold out booklet to accompany the album, more info here

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