Jean-Luc Uguen presented his work Brest / Liverpool - Liverpool Brest, in the Vauban room, in Brest
Jean-Luc Uguen presented his work Brest / Liverpool – Liverpool / Brest; in the Vauban room; in Brest

Born in Brest; Jean-Luc Uguen He had a career as a magistrate at the Paris Court of Accounts. But it was also Mayor Of the municipality of Cléder; at Finisterre; from 1995 to 2008. “After two terms in the opposition;” he wishes to clarify. He had written a book on the subject; The happiness of being mayor; (ed. Outre-Manche) launched in 1995. More recently; in 2020; it featured; with Jean-Guy Moreau; the story of a much loved club; the sports association of Brest in ASB; yesterday and today (ed. Le petit bleu).

Music and soccer

On this November afternoon; Jean-Luc Uguen is sitting in the dining room. Vauban; to present your new work; Brest / Liverpool – Liverpool / Brest Subtitle Twin Sisters – Twin Sisters.
Why in Vauban? -This is one of the places that gave me the idea to write this book. In the mythical Vauban room; we saw the appearance of Miossec; Matmatah; Tiersen… –When the Beatles saga took off in the La Cavern room in Liverpool.

-In this book; I wanted to show the parallels between the two cities. Through the music scene; but also through football (the rivalry between the Reds of Liverpool FC and the Blues of Everton FC; and that; today less real; the Rouge du Stade Brestois 29 and the Bleu de l ‘AS Brestoise. With these two issues; I admit; instead of talking about twins; we should say little sisters. “

Town planning

On the other hand; Jean-Luc Uguen affirms it; in his third theme; that he approaches the prism ofTown planning; -The two cities are very close. I was fascinated by the transformation of Liverpool through the rehabilitation of the docks of this commercial port. Like the renovation of the spaces of the war port; in Brest; with the opening of spaces like Les Capucins. With; in both cases; the contribution of a strong cultural dimension. “

Strong identity

How was the book born; conceived between the essay and the tourist guide? -The idea had been running through my head for years. Every time I went to Liverpool; I would tell myself that there were parallels with Brest. I wrote it during the first confinement. “

Jean-Luc Uguen; who says he is very attached to Brest; highlights the strong worker identity of the two citiesTi’Zef; Yannick/Souser); its reconstruction; its almost metamorphosis …

A wink

The book; whose first edition was printed in 1;500 copies; is available in bookstores such as Dialogues in Brest; the cultural spaces Leclerc; Cultura; … and in the boutique of Brest Stadium 29.

It ends with a simple question: what if we pair up? -We have everything to do it. It’s a little wink “; concludes the author. Who puts their finger on the last photo in the book; the one that shows La Carène in front of the Sgt Pepper roundabout in the commercial port. With reference to the eighth Beattles album; Sergeant. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Practical information
Brest / Liverpool – Liverpool / Brest Twin Sisters – Twin Sisters; by Jean-Luc Uguen; Nombre7 éditions; 158 pages.
Price: 19 euros.

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