Jacqueline Thibault Profiled

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Though today she is a beloved figure in French underground music, Jacqueline Thibault’s early musical forays weren’t exactly promising. Though she was classically trained from a young age, and gifted with absolute pitch, she grew up without a TV or a radio, completely walled off from pop culture. (“I didn’t know who the Beatles or the Rolling Stones were,” she would later admit in an interview with Brain Magazine.) Her teenage years at the prestigious Paris Conservatory weren’t especially encouraging, either: Thibault lost an organ competition to a male competitor, whose victory the jury justified by saying, “At least him, being a man, could have a career.” The episode inspired Thibault to form her own group, Nanajo, which signed to the French label Vogue in 1972. But misfortune struck yet again, when the group’s manager disappeared—and took their first record with him—leaving them stuck in a three-year exclusive contract. Faced with few other options, the group chose to disband.