Elis Regina: The tragic last days of Brazil’s Edith Piaf

The singer died 40 years ago, at 36, in São Paulo. Her intense, but fragile, way of singing places her close to Piaf or Billie Holiday. A book tells the end of it.

By Arthur de Faria

At that moment which, today we know, was the end of her, Elis had fewer mince words than she ever had. The interview that she granted to her friend, the journalist from Rio de Janeiro, Juarez Fonseca, was vetoed by the editor of the newspaper Zero Hora on the grounds that "they seemed like the statements of a drug addict" (...)

Elis: "I'm fed up. Of music and many other things. I even took a long break, for six months, although I don't think it's the solution to any crisis. The solution is to . . .

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