Jean-Jacques Goldman speaks frankly

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There was a time when Jean-Jacques Goldman spoke to journalists. A book brings together extracts from interviews which draw the portrait of an artist as modest as he is frank of the necklace.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Jean-Jacques Goldman’s first hit, “Il suffira d’un Signe”, Alexandre Fievée and Jean-Michel Fontaine came up with the idea of ​​compiling what the artist could say about his songs over the years. time. Because, before withdrawing from the media, the discreet Goldman spoke a lot, on the radios and in the newspapers. With an always keen eye on his profession. In 1988, he said: “I don’t think that a song with lyrics is necessarily boring, nor that a hit is necessarily stupid. There are text hits and boring nonsense. “

“I bring a little pleasure”

And, always modest: “We must not kid ourselves. There is no cheating. We bring a little pleasure, that of ditties. That is all. And I find that quite worthy. I would be terrified, I would have the impression of betraying people if they were to be made to believe that I brought them ideas or a real thought… I wish that no one dares to say one day: Goldman is building a work. Especially not that. Never. “
The 700 or so quotes gathered in the book are from the same barrel: frank and limpid. And so emerges the portrait of a humble and willingly solitary man, who loves a job well done, the emotional ties forged outside the family, loyalty, to his friends, to his ideas, who finds imaginary “more beautiful and richer than reality”. In addition to the relevance of the subject, the strength of the book lies in the quality of the photographs of Claude Gassian, Goldman’s accomplice since 1985. Of great tenderness, they also leave a great place to the mystery of which the singer has little by little. little surrounded.

“The illustrated dictionary of the songs of Jean-Jacques Goldman” (Gründ, 250 p., 29.95 euros).