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These three biographical books of FRANÇOISE HARDY are now all out of print. If you are lucky, you may find copies in second hand book shops.

Je chante donc je suis  

Je chante donc je suis

One of the books in the series "Voici ceux dont on parle", an autobiography of Françoise HARDY.

Paperback, 108mm X 180mm, 128 pages, 4 pages of black and white photos.

(1964) Published by Union Général d'Éditions.


Superstar et Ermite

Written by Étienne Daho and Jérôme Soligny.

Paperback, 210mm X 280mm, 128 pages, many colour and black and white photos, discography, filmography, bibliography, words to some of the songs written by Françoise.

(1986) Published by Jacques Grancher.

  Superstar et Ermite

Notes Secrètes  

Notes Secrètes

Written with Éric Dumont.

Paperback, 225mm X 310mm, 128 pages, many colour and black and white photos, words to more of the songs written by Françoise.

(1991) Published by Albin Michel.


Françoise Hardy, ma vie intérieure

Written by Gilles Verlant.

Hardback, 210mm X 280mm, 104 pages.

Pourquoi?

Pourquoi un livre sur Françoise Hardy? Parce-que nous l'aimons, tout simplement. Nous l'aimons pour tout ce qu'elle représente. Pour sa beauté, sa classe folle, le timbre de sa voix.

Parce qu'elle est un grand auteur méconnu : les paroles de ses chansons explorent les méandres les plus secrets de la psychologie amoureuse avec une rare subtilité. Parce qu'elle est unique dans l'histoire de la chanson française, un métier qu'elle exerce avec passion - mais à temps partiel - depuis quarante ans.

Nous l'aimons parce qu'elle a toujours été différente, ingénue, instinctive, hautaine, indépendante, fragile, dilettante. Nous l'aimons pour sa franchise et son côté "Chelsea Girl", qui lui vaut l'adoration de rockers réputés incorruptibles. Parce qu'elle est l'héroïne idéale, l'icône sur laquelle nous avons pu, au fil des années, tresser nos fantasmes. Garçon ou fille, nous avons rêvé devant les photos sublimes signées Jean-Marie Périer dans "Salut les Copains". Nous l'imaginions menant une vie fabuleuse, rencontrant les Rolling Stones, les Beatles, Bob Dylan, Serge Gainsbourg, Salvador Dali. Au couple Johnny-Sylvie, elle offrait, avec Dutronc, une alternative glamour. Drôles, élégants, sexy, ils avaient tout pour nous plaire. Leur esquif a traversé bien des tempêtes, mais trente-cinq ans après le début de leur histoire d'amour, ils chantent tendrement "Puisque vous partez en voyage"... Même si la mélancolie prédomine, même si elle plaît dans ses états d'âme, cette délectation morose qui la pousse à écrire des chansons comme autant de messages personnels à l'homme aimé, sourd à ses suppliques. Françoise chante le blues, la saudade. Dutronc dit de ses textes qu'ils lui filent le bourdon, elle le prend comme un compliment suprême.

Nous aimons Françoise parce que ses disques sont rares, mais d'une fraîcheur remarquable : chez elle, pas de calcul, pas de cynisme, pas de marketing. "Superstar et Ermite", son mystère reste entier, alors même qu'elle se livre à coeur ouvert, sans que l'on puisse jamais la taxer d'impudeur. Nous l'aimons. Tout simplement.

(October 2002) Published by Albin Michel.

  Françoise Hardy, ma vie intérieure

The songs and music of Françoise Hardy.

Françoise Hardy  

Françoise Hardy

The original Françoise Hardy Songbook.

Paperback, 215mm X 370mm, 24 pages, the book contains the words and music to 10 of the songs from Françoise's first album.

(1962) Published by Éditions musicales Alpha.

Éditions musicales Alpha
84 rue Maurice Grandcoing
Villetaneuse (Seine)
75010
PARIS
France

 


35 Succès

Paperback, 230mm X 305mm, 92 pages, the book contains the words and music to 35 of the most popular songs sung by Françoise.

(1992) Published by MusiCom Distribution.

MusiCom Distribution
25 rue d'Hauteville
75010
PARIS
France

Tel: +33 147 701 573

 

  35 Succès

Je Chante FH  

Je chante Françoise Hardy

Paperback, 210mm X 150mm, 52 pages. This one contains the words and music to 25 songs sung by Françoise, ranging from "Tous les garçons et les filles" to "Un peu d'eau" from the recent "Le Danger" album.

Thanks to Laurent (ficxs22) for this information.

(1997) Published by Paul BEUSCHER - Arpège.

Éditions Paul Beuscher
29 boulevard Beaumarchais
75180
PARIS
France

Tel: +33 144 543 600

 


Top Françoise Hardy

A songbook containing 10 songs with words, guitar chords and piano accompaniment.

(1999) Published by Paul BEUSCHER - Arpège.

Éditions Paul Beuscher
29 boulevard Beaumarchais
75180
PARIS
France

Tel: +33 144 543 600

 

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The following books are not biographical, but all involve Françoise Hardy in some way.

Pravda la Survireuse (F)
France
Pravda (NL)
Netherlands
Pravda (DE)
Germany
 

Pravda la Survireuse

A comic strip book in which the heroine was inspired by, and bears a strong resemblence to Françoise.

The original French version, Pravda la Survireuse, was drawn by Guy Peellaert and written by Guy Peellaert and Pascal Thomas.
(1968) Published by Eric Losfeld.

Translated into Dutch by Remco Campert, a famous Dutch author, a version was published in the Netherlands as Pravda.
(1968) Published by De Bezige Bij (Amsterdam).

Also published in Germany as Pravda.
(1968) Published by Schünemann.


L'âge d'or du Yéyé

Rock'n'roll, the twist, and French pop of the Sixties.
Ramsay "image".
By Jacques Barsamian / François Jouffa.
Photographic library Jean-Louis Rancurel.
Image production Didier Chapelot.

L'âge d'or du Yéyé is the story of singers and groups who became famous in France during the Sixties. Françoise obviously plays a major part.

A CD also appeared at the end of 1999 or the beginning of 2000 with extracts from the interviews by François Jouffa that were published in this book.

(1984) ISBN: 2 85956-353-9 185 FF (320 pages - all photographs except the cover photo are in black and white.)

  L'âge d'or du Yéyé

Paco Rabanne  

Paco Rabanne

Written by Lydia Kamitsis.

Hardback, 160mm X 210mm, 80 pages, about the unusual fashion creations of Paco Rabanne. Most of the book is of photographs of the creations, and includes one other similar picture of Françoise wearing this bathing costume, made from Rhodoid, a cellulose acetate.

(1998) Published by Assouline.


Françoise Hardy contributed to the following books on astrology.

Le Grand Livre de la Vierge

By Beatrice Guénin (birth sign Virgo) and Francoise Hardy (Virgo ascendant).

One of a collection - LES GRANDS LIVRES DU ZODIAQUE - directed by Joanne Esner.

Françoise wrote this book in collaboration with Béatrice Guénin. They shared the chapters and the subjects. They both met great names. Françoise, for her part, met Jean-Louis Barrault, Félicien Marceau, Pauline Réage (The author of "Histoire d'O") and Claude Nougaro.

In the introduction, Françoise says:

"Virgoans are attracted by astrology, firstly because a Virgo always needs reasons, then because in the light of these reasons, it seemed to me that astrology is quite so close to the Virgoan mind in its astonishing logic (I insist intentionally again on the word "logic"), that they are carried away by the intuition and imagination that they need to better understand and practise it.
Astrology for Virgoans is obviously not that opposites irritate and equals annoy; but that opposites fascinate and equals reassure, it is permanent enchantment and enrichment."

Note that this series was such a success, that the books are constantly republished with slightly different covers. "Le Grand livre de la Vierge", is still available in bookstores, such as FNAC, Amazon etc.

(July 1979) Published by Editions TCHOU

  Le Grand Livre de la Vierge

Les signes du destin
 

Les signes du destin

From December 22, 1980, Françoise presented a programme "Les signes du destin", in company with actor Benoît Allemane. The programme went out Monday to Friday, from 15:30 to 16:00 on Radio Monte-Carlo. Allemane told the listeners of the life of a famous character, whose life coincided, as far as possible, with the date of the programme. Françoise intervened and made an astrological portrait of the character in question, and told how the planets had contributed or interfered in the destiny of this character.

This series of books was derived from the programme. The first two published works were: Capricorne (Capricorn), in her honour, with a summary of the life of Françoise and her astrological portrait, and Verseau (Aquarius).

Then appearing successively, in pairs, Poisson (Pisces) and Bélier (Aries), Taureau (Taurus) and Gémeaux (Gemini), Cancer (Cancer) and Lion (Leo), Vierge (Virgo) and Balance (Libra), Scorpion (Scorpio) and Sagittaire (Sagittarius). Note that the photograph of Françoise published on the first two works, Capricorne and Verseau is different from that published on the other 10.

Michel Chabot directed the series of books and the programme. "Éditions du Rocher/RMC" published the books from June 1981 until February 1982.

Subsequently, "Éditions Marabout" republished the full series in a far more modest uniform blue format.

In 1982, the radio programme, "Les signes du destin" was replaced by "Entre les lignes, entre les Signes", still on Radio Monte-Carlo.


Entre les Lignes, Entre les Signes

Written by Françoise Hardy (Astrology) and Anne-Marie Simond (Graphology).

Analysis of the hand-writing and star signs of 22 people in the public eye in France, including Serge Gainsbourg, Sylvie Vartan, Jean-Michel Jarre, Jane Birkin.

Paperback, 135mm X 220mm, 362 pages, no photos.

Published by Éditions de Radio Monte Carlo. ISBN 2-86855-006-1

  Entre les Lignes
1986
Entre les Signes
1988

L'Astrologie Universelle  

L'Astrologie Universelle

Presented by Françoise Hardy.

Françoise has been interested in astrology for some time now, and had a regular program on the subject on Radio Monte Carlo. Several books have been published, either written by or featuring Françoise. This is one of the most recent publications, and should still be available in the shops.

Hardback, 160mm X 240mm, 591 pages.

(1990) Published by Albin Michel, 170.00F, ISBN 2226028064


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