Since the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s, Quebec has been developing its identity as a Francophone land as well as its individuality from English speaking North America and other French speaking nations. Leloup is a Québécois hero for his contribution to the local art scene and the development of the musical culture. Leloup is the recipient of a Félix Award (the Quebec version of a Grammy Award). At the end of 2003, Leloup "died" or, rather, Jean Leclerc retired the name. This was, in fact, another piece of elaborate fantasy staging, typical of the wild and eccentric artist.
Little was know of what Jean Leclerc was about to do, now that his Leloup persona has been "silenced". In August 2005, he announced his temporary return to the music scene in a collaboration with the Porn Flakes. A first single named "Les Corneilles" has been heard on Montreal's radio stations. In the months preceding his return, he switched from his guitar to his fountain pen and wrote the philosophic novel, Noir destin que le mien (Le Tour du monde en complet was the original title), published October 5th, 2005 at Leméac Éditions under the pen name "Massoud Al Rachid`". Under his real name Jean Leclerc, he released a first single, titled "Mexico", in August 2006. His first album, also titled Mexico, was released in September 2006. He has since returned to his artist name Jean Leloup and has once again retired Leclerc.
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