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9780966234671

Gainsbourg : The Biography

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  • ISBN13:

    9780966234671

  • ISBN10:

    0966234677

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-07-31
  • Publisher: Distributed Art Pub Inc
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Summary

When Serge Gainsbourg died in 1991, France went into mourning: François Mitterand himself proclaimed him "our Baudelaire, our Apollinaire." Gainsbourg redefined French pop, from his beginnings as cynical chansonnier and mambo-influenced jazz artist to the ironic "yé-yé" beat and lush orchestration of his 1960s work to his launching of French reggae in the 1970s to the electric funk and disco of his last albums. But mourned as much as his music was Gainsbourg the man: the self-proclaimed ugly lover of such beauties as Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin, the iconic provocateur whose heavy-breathing "Je t'aime moi non plus" was banned from airwaves throughout Europe and whose reggae version of the "Marseillais" earned him death threats from the right, and the dirty-old-boy wordsmith who could slip double-entendres about oral sex into the lyrics of a teenybopper ditty and make a crude sexual proposition to Whitney Houston on live television. Gilles Verlant's biography of Gainsbourg is the best and most authoritative in any language. Drawing from numerous interviews and their own friendship, Verlant provides a fascinating look at the inner workings of 1950s-1990s French pop culture and the conflicted and driven songwriter, actor, director and author that emerged from it: the young boy wearing a yellow star during the German Occupation; the young art student trying to woo Tolstoy's granddaughter; the musical collaborator of Petula Clark, Juliette Greco and Sly and Robbie; the seasoned composer of the Lolitaof pop albums, Histoire de Melody Nelson; the cultural icon who transformed scandal and song into a new form of delirium.

Author Biography

Giles Verlant's biography of Gainsbourg is the best and most authoritative in any language. Drawing from numerous interviews and their own friendship, Verlant provides a fascinating look at the inner workings of 1950's - 1990's French pop culture and the conflicted and driven songwriter, actor, director and author that emerged from it: the young boy wearing a yellow star during the German Occupation; the young art student trying to woo Tolstoy's grand-daughter; the musical collaborator of Petula Clark, Juliettle Grco and Sly and Robbie. Gainsbourg's 'Histoire do Melody Nelson' is considered to be one of the top great albums ever. Gainsbourg took the high and low and his dramatic life represents an artist who mixed in, as well as stood-out in contemporary pop culture.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. viii
Yeah, I'm Ginsburgp. 14
My First Yellow Starp. 32
I Admit, I Suffered Dearp. 66
My Illusions Open Onto the Courtyardp. 92
There is no Sunshine in my Lifep. 122
An Anthracitic Moodp. 158
Be Pretty and Keep Quietp. 180
Let's Take a Walk Inside of mep. 198
To the Beat of the Yé-Yésp. 222
Don't Listen to Pop Starsp. 240
Who's "in" Who's "Out"p. 258
Lollipop Anniep. 278
Zip! Shebam! Pow! Blop! Wizz!p. 298
Jane B., English, Sex: Femalep. 332
Erotic '69p. 356
Ah! Melodyp. 368
O Di Doo Di Doo Dahp. 388
There are Days I'd Give God Knows What to be able to Shit my Whole Being Awayp. 412
I'm Cabbage-Head Manp. 428
Le Jour de Gloire Est Arrivép. 446
Yeah, I'm Gainsbarrep. 466
Escape Happiness Before it Escapes youp. 492
A Whore among Whoresp. 510
Hey Man Amenp. 534
I'll Die on a Sunday, my Suffering True and Triedp. 550
Epiloguep. 572
Bio Pagep. 578
Index of Namesp. 580
Photographs & Images Creditsp. 588
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