Dick Annegarn at the Petit Conservatoire
Mireille welcomes Dick Annegarn to her show in his early days. After a short interview, Dick Annegarn performs extracts from several songs in English and in Dutch and finishes by a chorus from Bonbons by Jacques Brel.
Dick Annegarn, a Dutch author-composer-interpreter (he was born in La Haye on 9 May 1952), is definitely one of the most atypical and talented celebrities to appear in the last thirty years in the French musical landscape. Equally influenced by both Jacques Brel and Georges Brassens as well as American folk and blues music (Woody Guthrie, Pete Seger, Big Bill Broonzy), Annegarn decided to give it a shot in Paris when he was 20 years old. He was a success early on, with the release of his first record by Polydor in 1973. Songs such asUbu, Sacré Géranium and especially Bruxelles immediately imposed his singular, falsely naive, abrupt and sophisticated style, which had a great poetic force. Three other albums followed between 1975 and 1976 (including another great success, Mireille) before the singer decided to head for a more underground direction. He settled in the Parisian suburbs, became very active in community organisations and continued to record albums influenced by jazz and improvisation (Ferraillages, Frères ).
But it wasn't until the middle of the 1990s that he made a lasting comeback at the foreground of the scene, with his signature to the Tôt ou Tard independent label and a few exemplary albums (Approche Toi in 1997, Plouc in 2006). Today, he's considered to be one of the greatest references in the young French alternative scene (Matthieu Boogaerts and Thomas Fersen).