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Sign: Paris - Saint-Germain-des-Prés Metro-"The Myth of Saint-Germain"-Miles Davis, Juliette Gréco


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Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006 Paris, France
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On the sign:
[M]
Comme
Miles Davis
(1926-1991)
Juliette Gréco
(1927-2020)

QR code: Le Mythe Saint-Germain : un lexique amoureux - RATP

À l’aube des années 1950, dans l’obscurité enfumée des caves de Saint-Germain, une jeune comédienne française, muse des existentialistes, vit une brève et intense histoire d’amour avec un trompettiste afro-américain surdoué. Loin du Nouveau Continent, où certains États interdisent encore les mariages mixtes, l’idylle de Miles Davis et Juliette Gréco incarne l’esprit de liberté qui règne alors sur Paris, à travers la fête et les arts. Nuits effervescentes d’un quartier où l’on danse et refait le monde jusqu’au petit matin. Ici, les poètes sont chantés; la musique, le jazz en particulier, offre à la littérature de se réinventer. La voix de Gréco, qui en sera l’une des plus grandes interprètes, en portera le rythme et les mots, décennie après décennie.

© Andre Sas, Gamma-Rapho, Getty Images
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The myth of Saint-Germain" - personalities who contributed to the history of the neighborhood, an exhibition on display at the metro station of Saint-Germain. For more details, see the following sign Click for sign's details

The letter shown at the top of the sign indicates the letter in the name of the station dedicated to the current personality, as can be seen in the following photo taken on the same day in which the photo of Miles Davis also appears Click for a larger image

Miles Davis (1926-1991), an American jazz musician, played the trumpet, and was called "the Picasso of jazz". He was active in the movement against racism and racial segregation.
Juliette Greco (1927-2020), actress and singer who lived in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district.
Greco, who was very interested in jazz music, was the partner of Miles Davis for a while, an affair mentioned on the sign.

Translation of the text on the sign:
[M]
As
Miles Davis
(1926-1991)
Juliette Gréco
(1927-2020)

At the dawn of the 1950s, in the smoky darkness of the cellars of Saint-Germain, a young French actress, muse of the existentialists, experiences a brief and intense love affair with a gifted African-American trumpeter. Far from the New Continent, where certain states still prohibit mixed marriages, the romance of Miles Davis and Juliette Gréco embodies the spirit of freedom which then reigns in Paris, through celebration and the arts. Effervescent nights in a neighborhood where people dance and change the world until the early hours. Here the poets are sung; music, jazz in particular, offers literature the opportunity to reinvent itself. The voice of Gréco, who will be one of the greatest interpreters, will carry the rhythm and the words, decade after decade.

© Andre Sas, Gamma-Rapho, Getty Images




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