October 8, 2003 9:57 PM Subscribe
Go Ahead And Leave Me, See If I Care!
what the late, great Jacques Brel
sung. Oh no
. (Scott Walker, imo, did the best cover.
) And last Tuesday a 16-CD collection was launched
, with all his songs
- and then some
, including 5 he specifically stated he never wanted released. I've heard two of the songs - they're wonderful. But the question remains, with echoes of Kafka telling his friend Max Brod to burn all his manuscripts: should the wishes of dead artists be respected? Does time - in this case 25 years since his death - make it any less problematic? Or the fact that the publication was approved by the Jacques Brel Estate, i.e., his widow?
(My favourite Brel song, btw, is his wistful, sardonic tribute to his country: flat, boring Belgium: Le plat pays. It never fails to exercise the tear ducts, nope, never...
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