It is rare to see French rock music discussed in American popular culture, but the New York Times ran a fairly long story today about the iconic French rocker Johnny Hallyday.
Johnny Hallyday is an aging rock star and national hero to many French people, who still flock to his concerts. He has crafted dozens of hit albums and done numerous tours across Europe.
Over the past decade, his political commentaries and his criticisms of the French tax code have angered some of his fans, however. His highly-publicized departure from France as a tax exile to Switzerland a few years ago raised a public debate about tax policies and the responsibilities of the rich within French society.
The New York Times reports on Hallyday’s health struggles and his continuing work.
Students of French history will enjoy discovering Johnny Hallyday and his music.