It's the Same Old Song


PLAY IT AGAIN, VINCE: Delerm keeps the chanson alive in Kensington Square

Vincent Delerm cuts an unlikely figure for a pop star, especially a French one. There's no trace of Johnny Hallyday's leathery ostentation, no hint of the designer brooding of a Jean Michel Jarre. With his self-cut thatch of prematurely graying hair, the 28-year-old Delerm prefers casual clothes and tennis shoes, and professes to have neither a computer nor an e-mail address. Though he doesn't dress the part, Delerm can still pull in the crowds. Last month, he played a sold-out five-night stand at the famed Olympia concert hall in Paris — the ultimate badge of success in France, equivalent, in stature...

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