发表于 2004-11-26 20:50
Aznavour has continued to defend social and political causes throughout his career. In January 2001, the singer voiced his appreciation of the French government’s recognition of the Armenian genocide. In April 2002, when far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen made it through to the second round of the French presidential elections, Aznavour joined other celebrities in signing the "Vive la France" petition, urging members of the public to go out and "sing the ‘Marseillaise’ for the Republic” as a protest. Later that same year, "Ararat," a film about the Armenian genocide made by Atom Egoyan (a Canadian director of Armenian origin), hit French cinema screens. Aznavour played a starring role in it. In April 2003, the singer also attended a special ceremony marking the erection of a commemorative statue in Paris in memory of the genocide victims.
In September 2003, Aznavour published his memoirs, "Le temps des avants" (Flammarion) then, three months later, went on to release a new album entitled "Je voyage." The album, on which Aznavour’s daughter, Katia, provided guest vocals on the title track, featured a rich mix of styles, the singer salsa-ing on "Il y a des trains," swinging on "Quelqu'un de different" and waxing fado lyrical on "Lisboa."
After taking a short break to play a role in a TV adaptation of Balzac’s novel, "Le père Goriot" (filmed in Bucharest), Aznavour made a stage comeback in Paris. The singer celebrated his 80th birthday with a successful run at the ‘Palais des Congrès’ (16 April - 22 May 2004).
In the course of an impressively long career, spanning six decades, Aznavour has recorded a staggering 740 songs (including 350 in French and 150 in English, not to mention eight albums in Spanish and seven albums in German). In 1999, voters in an Internet poll organised by CNN and Time magazine nominated Aznavour as one of the top singers of the 20th century, alongside Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan. Judging by his on-going success, it looks like the French ‘chanson’ star may well triumph in 21st-century polls, as well!
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