Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Aux Armes et cetera. La Marseillaise Reggae

Attending the 14th July Bastile day celebrations at the Town Hall after the States sitting, I encountered a French Anarchist who told me about the Reggae version of La Marseillaise by Serge Gainsbourg.

Eric Hobsbawn in his "Invention of Tradition" notes that Bastille Day is an invention of the French Third Republic and can be dated precisely to 1880. It was an invented public ceremony.

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