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    DescriptionWhen Serge Gainsbourg died in 1991, France went into mourning: Francois 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 "ye-ye" 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 "Lolita" of pop albums, "Histoire de Melody Nelson"; the cultural icon who transformed scandal and song into a new form of delirium.


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    Title
    Gainsbourg - the Biography
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gilles Verlant, Translated by Paul Knobloch
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 220 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 889 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780966234671
    ISBN 10: 0966234677
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
    BIC subject category V2: BGF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AVH
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: AVGP
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25970
    BISAC V2.8: BIO005000, MUS050000
    Abridged Dewey: 780
    LC classification: ML
    BISAC V2.8: BIO004000
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400, A08205070
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 17
    BISAC V2.8: BIO001000
    DC23: 782.42164092
    Thema V1.0: DNBF, AVN, AVP, AVLP
    Illustrations note
    black & white halftones
    Publisher
    Tam Tam Books
    Imprint name
    Tam Tam Books
    Publication date
    31 July 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Los Angeles