Fabienne Shine

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Fabienne Shine
Fabienne Shine and Lucio Dalla, 1967.
Fabienne Shine and Lucio Dalla, 1967.
Background information
Birth nameFabienne Essaïagh
Born (1944-06-03) June 3, 1944 (age 76)
French protectorate of Tunisia
OriginParis, France
GenresRock, Heavy metal
Occupation(s)Actor, Model, Musician, Composer
Instrumentsguitar vocal
Years active1975-present
LabelsCBS, Columbia International
Associated actsShakin' Street, Chrome

Fabienne Shine is a French and Jewish model, actress and musician, born in Tunisia, North Africa in 1944 and raised in Paris.

She started writing songs and composing her own music at an early age. She went travelled the world with her guitar and met the band Led Zeppelin, who liked her songs. Jimmy Page got involved romantically with her. Robert Plant and Page often jammed with her and finally suggested that she should create a band.

After touring the U.S. with Led Zeppelin, she went back to Europe and met a young guitarist, Eric Levi, at a concert in Paris. They decided to start a band in 1976, Shakin' Street (first named Speedball). They were exposed to the press and signed a contract with CBS France and Columbia Records USA. The band had gathered musicians like Louis Bertignac (lead guitar) and Corinne Marienneau (bass guitar), who would later join the French rock band, Téléphone.

In 1978 they signed with CBS France and recorded their first album, Vampire Rock, and in 1979 recorded their second album, Solid As A Rock, in New York and San Francisco with Columbia record producer Sandy Pearlman, known for creating the band Blue Öyster Cult. New York guitarist Ross Friedman, aka Ross the Boss, formerly of The Dictators, joined Shakin' Street as lead guitarist.

In 1980, she met Damon Edge of post-punk/industrial band Chrome; they married two months later.[1] She went on to collaborate with Edge on several Chrome albums; her vocals appear on the album 3rd from the Sun. In 1983, Edge moved to Paris to be with her, but the couple separated several years later. Edge died in 1995.

Shine released her autobiography in 2014, Sexe, Drogues & Rock'n'roll, co-written with French rock critic Jean-Eric Perrin.[2]

Fabienne performing live in 2006

Discography[edit]

with Shakin' Street[edit]

  • Vampire Rock (1978)
  • Shakin' Street (1980)
  • 21st Century Love Channel (2009)
  • Psychic (2014)

Solo[edit]

  • No Mad Nomad (1997)
  • Fabienne Shine and the Planets (2007)
  • Fabienne Shine (2018) Don't Tell Me How to Shake It

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1967 Fantabulous Inc. Alice Sergio Spina
The Subversives Giovanna Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
The Visionaries Valeria Maurizio Ponzi
1968 Barbarella the female tree Roger Vadim
1969 Scusi, facciamo l'amore? Puccio Picco Vittorio Caprioli
1970 Lettera aperta a un giornale della sera the student Francesco Maselli

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview with Fabienne Shine (January 2005)". Earcandymag.com. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Fabienne Shine - Muse rock'n'roll" (in French). Retrieved 19 March 2018.

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