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    DescriptionOutside his native France, the view of Serge Gainsbourg was once of a one-hit wonder lothario. This has been slowly replaced by an awareness of how talented and innovative a songwriter he was. Gainsbourg was an eclectic, protean figure; a Dadaist, po te maudit, Pop-Artist, libertine and anti-hero. An icon and iconoclast. His masterpiece is arguably Histoire de Melody Nelson, an album suite combining many of his signature themes; sex, taboo, provocation, humour, exoticism and ultimately tragedy. Composed and arranged with the great Jean-Claude Vannier, its score of lush cinematic strings and proto-hip hop beats, combined with Serge's spoken-word poetry, has become remarkably influential across a vast musical spectrum; inspiring soundtracks, indie groups and electronic artists. In recent years, the album's reputation has grown from cult status to that of a modern classic with the likes of Beck, Portishead, Mike Patton, Air and Pulp paying tribute. How did the son of Jewish Russian immigrants, hounded during the Nazi Occupation, rise to such notoriety and acclaim, being celebrated by President Fran ois Mitterand as "our Baudelaire, our Apollinaire"? How did the early chanson singer evolve into a musical visionary incorporating samples, breakbeats and dub into his music, decades ahead of the curve? And what are the roots and legacy of a concept album about a Rolls Royce, a red-haired Lolita muse, otherworldly mansions, plane crashes and Cargo Cults?

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    Serge Gainsbourg's Histoire De Melody Nelson
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Darran Anderson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 136
    Width: 120 mm
    Height: 165 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 114 g
    ISBN 13: 9781623562878
    ISBN 10: 1623562872

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Ingram Subject Code: MU
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AVH
    BISAC V2.8: MUS035000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    B&T General Subject: 540
    DC22: 782.42164092
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15970
    BISAC V2.8: MUS020000, BIO004000
    BIC subject category V2: AVGN
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 05
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 17
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    DC23: 781.63092
    LC classification: ML420.G12 A84 2013
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    Thema V1.0: AVN, AVP, AVLP
    Thema style qualifier V1.0: 6EB
    Continuum Publishing Corporation
    Imprint name
    Continuum Publishing Corporation
    Publication date
    19 December 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Darran Anderson is an Irish writer. He is a co-editor of 3:AM Magazine.
    Review quote
    This book is intended to be a biography of an album, but due to Darran Anderson's thorough research and skilled prose storytelling, Serge Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson morphs into a brilliant (if often dark) illustration of Serge Gainsbourg himself, even more than that of the title character, Melody Nelson. That said, when one knows this much more about the album, the artist and his muse, much like the narrator himself, one will find it almost impossible to avoid falling in love with Melody. -- J.C. Macek III PopMatters
    Table of contents
    Introduction Early Days The Chanson Years Turning Point Histoire de Melody Nelson The Aftermath Influence