“Django Reinhardt: Un géant sur son nuage” Francois Billard 362 pages French



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"Django Reinhardt: Un géant sur son nuage" is a French-language biography of the legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, written by François Billiard. The book explores Reinhardt's life, from his childhood in a Romani community to his rise as one of the most innovative and influential musicians of the 20th century. Through extensive research and interviews with Reinhardt's family and colleagues, Billiard delves into the complexities of Reinhardt's personality, his struggles with addiction, and his enduring musical legacy. The book also provides a detailed account of Reinhardt's collaborations with other great musicians, such as Stéphane Grappelli and Duke Ellington, and impact on the development of jazz and other genres of music. Written in a lively and engaging style, this book provides a rich and fascinating portrait of a true musical genius, whose contributions to music continue to inspire and influence musicians to this day. Whether you are a fan of Reinhardt's music or simply interested in the history of jazz, this book offers a comprehensive and insightful look at one of the most important figures in the history of music. The author traces Reinhardt's journey through the jazz scene of 1930s Paris, where he developed his unique style of playing guitar despite suffering from a debilitating injury to his left hand. Billiard explores Reinhardt's collaborations with other musicians, including violinist Stephane Grappelli, and his performances at major music venues and festivals around the world. The book also delves into Reinhardt's personal life, including his relationships with women, his struggles with addiction, and his experiences as a Romani man in a society that often discriminated against his community. Billiard draws on a wealth of primary sources, including interviews with Reinhardt's family and friends, to paint a vivid picture of this complex and fascinating figure. Overall, "Django Reinhardt" is an engaging and meticulously researched biography that offers a comprehensive look at the life and legacy of one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. It is a must-read for anyone interested in Reinhardt's music or the history of jazz. Published in 1993 Pages: 362
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