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Serge Gainsbourg - Biography, Death and legacy, Trivia, Noted songs

music bardot

Composer, lyricist, and performer, born in Paris, France. He abandoned painting for music after meeting Boris Vian. A controversial character, he sang about alchohol, adultery and poverty. ‘Je t'aime, moi non plus’ was originally meant as a dialogue for Brigitte Bardot, who was replaced by Jane Birkin (with whom he had a daughter Charlotte, b.1971, who became an actress), and inspired a film with Dépardieu. He composed for Patachou, Gréco, Dalida, and Claude François, and his ‘Poinconneur des Lilas’ gained the Prix Charles Cros in 1959. He wrote rock music (‘Harley-Davidson’) for Bardot, Johnny Hallyday, Sacha Distel, and Jacques Dutronc. He used a technique of singing/speaking, ‘Dieu est Juif ’, and shocked many with a reggae version of the Marseillaise, ‘Aux armes’ in 1979, and by burning a 500 franc note in front of the television cameras.

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