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Serge Gainsbourg A Fistful of Gitanes (Paperback)

Author:  Sylvie Simmons
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0306811839
ISBN-13: 9780306811838
Sku: 30980811
Publish Date: 9/1/2002
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 0.75T
Pages:  208
Age Range:  NA
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*Author: Simmons, Sylvie *Subtitle: A Fistful of Gitanes *Publication Date: 2002/09/18 *Number of Pages: 192 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 9.00
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Acclaimed British rock writer Sylvie Simmons tackles the meaty subject of the notorious French musical and social iconoclast and improbable ladies' man Serge Gainsbourg in her acclaimed biography, A FISTFUL OF GITANES. Gainsbourg famously embroidered details of his early life to suit his circumstances, and Simmons does a sterling job of unearthing the truth. A born survivor, Gainsbourg avoided a near-abortion, tuberculosis, and the Holocaust through a combination of luck and instinct. His international reputation as a musical provocateur was cemented by his 1969 recording of the orgasmic and controversial "Je T'Aime, Moi Non Plus" with his girlfriend Jane Birkin, but, as Simmons relates, a string of relationships with some of France's most desirable women, including Brigitte Bardot and Juliette Greco, had made him the talk of France for some years previously. (Because he is physically not the most attractive of men, there was much speculation as to his secret.) Gainsbourg's musical oeuvre, which ran the gamut from frothy pop confections to reggae, is fully explored, and Simmons interviews many of the artist's closest friends, including Birkin and sixties icon Marianne Faithfull, all of whom speak fondly of a man whose reprobate tendencies and musical eclecticism have only enhanced his reputation since his death in 1991.
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