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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Albert Camus, The Jukebox and Football (and Johnny Hallyday); France and American Pop Culture



According to Ian Critchley, in his review of Peter Conrad's "How The World Was Won, The Americanisation of Everywhere", Albert Camus "detested jukeboxes, but devoured American ice cream" (Sunday Times Culture Section, 26.10.2014).

Camus may not have liked jukeboxes, but he loved football:

"All I know most surely about morality and obligations, I owe to football".


British teenagers started to be 'corrupted' by the jukebox around 1955.

Had he lived, Camus would not have approved of Johnny Hallyday's 1962 version of Be-Bop-A- Lula

I thought it was rather good, for a French-speaking rock singer.

Johnny Hallyday's first record release, Laisse les filles, was released in March 1960. Albert Camus died in a car crash in January 1960. More Johnny Hallyday: Elle est terrible

Let that jukebox keep on playing!

On Sartre and Camus in New York

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