Sheffield’s Jarvis Cocker pays tribute to Paris attack victims

Opening night launch of Sheffield DocFest. Gala screening of Pulp. Jarvis Cocker.
Opening night launch of Sheffield DocFest. Gala screening of Pulp. Jarvis Cocker.
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Sheffield singer and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has paid tribute to the victims of the Paris tragedy by recording a spoken-word track.

The recording - titled ‘Friday 13th 2015’ - was revealed to listeners of his BBC radio programme, the Sunday Service. Cocker - who divides his time between the UK and Paris, where his son Albert lives - recites an account of his day, over music by Serafina Steer.

He describes how he was ‘worried’ for his child before learning he was safe and well. The piece, which can still be heard on the BBC’s iPlayer service, also explores the nature of freedom. He says: “A friend said the strongest statement of resistance is to just keep going.”

The songwriter, who grew up in Intake, concludes: “Paris, I love you.”

The terrorist attacks, which took place in several different locations in the French capital, killed 130 people and left many more injured.