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"Music is de nitely the language which has con-
nected me to the world," Madeleine Peyroux says. "It
has connected me to my friends, and also to people
I don't know, and whose languages I don't speak. So,
as a social language, it's certainly the most powerful,
and I think it's obvious that's true. It's the most human
form of communication."
Born in Georgia in 1974, Peyroux's background
was nothing if not peripatetic. Her parents, who met
in Canada at the height of the Vietnam War, moved
to Brooklyn once the war ended. But her father for-
sook being a drama teacher at a prestigious university
for acting work, a choice which caused the family to
fall on hard times.
" ere weren't many jobs around," she says, "so
when I was a child, we were living at the low end,
and it was tough economically. at's a very strong
memory for me. My mother was the backbone of our
well-being, whereas my father was the focus of our up-
heaval. He was erratic, she was stable."
Despite this erratic chiIdhood, Peyroux still found
herself propelled towards a professional career in the
arts. "I think it was the joy of performing as a child,"
she says. " at was one of the happy family times
together. I knew I wanted to sing by the time I was
eight or nine, so it was with me all along, but because
we couldn't a ord a tutor, I got singing lessons at the
church. I dropped out of high school in order to pur-
Her parents divorced when she was 13, and her
mother, a Francophile, moved to Paris. Peyroux says
that she was "frightened by the idea", and indeed,
she didn't stay long , since her mother sent her to an
all-girls school in Sussex. But it didn't take. Peyroux
loathed the strictness of the regime there, and six
months in, she "hopped the wall", borrowed some
money from a friend for the ferry across the Channel,
and hitchhiked from Calais to Paris.
She began busking in the Latin uarter, an expe-
rience she says transformed her. "It's a whole other
world," she says. "I believe in it as a social statement. It
is a necessity, not just because it doesn't t in the gears
of a machine, but because it is under-appreciated.
"But, by the time I was 18, I was done with it. I
didn't want to live the life anymore. It really took a toll
on my psyche. at wasn't obvious to me when I was
doing it, but an artist needs support. You have to have
to go home to a warm place, eat food, have a bath, and
feel secure enough to explore humanity from other
sides, rather than the cold harshness of the street. It
was a crucial experience, but I wasn't able to live like
that anymore. I wanted to, but I couldn't."
She joined a group, the Lost Wandering Blues
and Jazz Band, and spent two years travelling Eu-
rope with them, an experience which formed the
basis of her rst album, Dreamland, in 1996. Criti-
cally acclaimed, it saw her opening for acts such as
Sarah McLachlan - something she declared as "the
scariest experience of her life". Soon, she was the
headline act at Lilith Fair. A second critically ac-
claimed album followed with her third album the
recently released, Bare Bones, garnering respectable
reviews. Bare Bones was a huge learning curve for
Peyroux. "In a lot of ways," she says, "this record
is my attempt at expressing my philosophy of life.
at's why I decided to call it Bare Bones, because
most of these songs are a way of excavating the es-
sence of what I think matters."
Madeleine Peyroux is currently touring Australia with
Diana Krall and will be performing at the Day on the Green
concerts - check frontiertouring.com for details.
is month LOTL Magazine kicks o its 20th an-
versary celebrations. To coincide with the Mardi
ras festival theme of 2010: 'History of the World',
OTL will exhibit 20 of its most popular covers
nce 1989. roughout its 20 year history LOTL
as covered politics, entertainment, and commu-
ty events and is Australia's undisputed most-read
sbian publication. e rst ever cover of LOTL
included in the exhibition, as well as covers fea-
uring Pink, k.d.lang, e L Word, Ruby Rose and
llen DeGeneres. Limited edition reprints of the
overs are available through the exhibition's silent
uction where attendees can bid on their favourite
cover for the chance to take home a piece of les-
bian history and culture.
e exhibition allows the lesbian community to
re ect on the issues, stories and personalities that
have been part of our culture for the past 20 years.
Launching on the streets of Sydney in 1989, the
rst issue of LOTL was the January 1990 issue, at
a modest eight pages. en titled "Lesbians On the
Loose", the magazine quickly and a ectionately be-
came known as "LOTL" amongst its dedicated and
"We have come a long way from an eight page
newsletter 20 years ago and our covers are a great
way to trace our history," says publisher Silke Bader.
"We are proud to provide high quality, relevant
content and a way for women and lesbians to con-
nect to the community."
Skin and Bone
Clive Simmons chats with acclaimed songstress Madeleine Peyroux.
Cover me up
LOTL turns 20 and celebrates with an exhibition of must-see cover art.
Tickets: Parade Night, Celebrating 20 years of LOTL,
Polo Lounge at the Oxford Hotel, 134 Oxford Street,
Full $50, Conc/NMG $40. Ph: +61 2 9332 2725
or email email@example.com.
Ruby dishes on
being single &
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