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Georges Meliès

Edison Cylinder Record "La Fée Verte"

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Those of you who don't read French probably missed Marie-Claude Delahaye's blog entry about an Edison recording of "La Fée Verte", along with a reproduction of the sheet music with full lyrics.

 

It's an interesting bit of French history, a part of the seemingly relentless campaign to demonize Absinthe in the years leading up to WWI.

 

I've been collecting phonographs and records for over 50 years; I decided it would be fun to upload a video of this particular record:

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I translated just a couple of refrains in the description to give an idea of the 'tone' of the lyrics. Absinthe=evil.

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Thanks, Georges, that was inspirational. :thumbup:

 

In fact, almost (but not quite) inspirational enough to choose exceptional absinthe over extraordinary stout as my libation on this delightfully gloomy day.

Edited by Absomphe

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