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The tragedy of Johnny Hallyday? He should have sung Piaf, not Presley

In the Anglosphere, the French rocker was always derided as a purveyor of pastiche. But he was a symbol of cultural resistance – and a hell of a singer France has lost its cultural nuclear deterrent, its favourite granddad, its permanent teenager, one of its greatest national treasures and its longest-running national joke. Johnny est mort. After 58 years as a rock icon confined to one country, Johnny Hallyday has squeezed into his outrageously tight trousers and brushed his coiffed, blond mane for the last time.
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