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Georges Brassens

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Georges Brassens was a French singer-songwriter known for accompanying himself with his acoustic guitar. He wrote some extremely controversial, yet poetic songs. In doing so, he managed to change attitudes across France.

He was uncompromising when composing his songs. His tactical method of addressing issues was profound and often humorous, making him a unique and effective figure in the French community.

Brassens, born in 1921 in the small Mediterrenean port of Sete, wanted to be a poet. He realized very early however that poetry in the 20th century could hardly put bread on the table and instead set himself to become a singer.

He is much less famous internationally than contemporaries like Charles Aznavour, Edith Piaf and Yves Montand, as much of the impact of his songs came from the lyrics, which proved difficult to translate into other languages. He loved the Middle Ages and used a great deal of Old French vocabulary, as well as many classical - ie., Latin and Greek - references. Few people, even in France, possess the background to fully understand his songs.

Yet he was at the same time a hugely popular singer and many of his songs still carry a lot of appeal and relevance. In this sense, he can be compared to Boris Vian, to Jacques Brel, and to a lesser extent to Serge Gainsbourg.

He was very sophisticated, yet at the same time used profanity liberally. While he wasn’t politically engaged, he was nevertheless unambiguously a leftist, many of his songs carrying blatant and buoyant anarchist overtones.

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  • Gauchowater

    Ses chansons sont très similaires musicalement, mais chacune a des paroles géniales. Sorry, my French isn't very good, for I have studied it for only three semesters.

    28 Aug 4:47pm Reply
  • Caviaris

    i love french language, and his music [3]

    4 May 9:10pm Reply
  • Startunes

    i love french language, and his music :3+1 =4

    11 Mar 1:22pm Reply
  • Diegosoldiers

    i love french language, and his music [2]

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Mathivs

    LE PATRON

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • paran0id0

    i love french language, and his music :3

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • KrayMira

    Голос волшебный

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Boebis

    le plus grand!

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • SYL2Oh

    Mon Parrain !

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Meotodes

    Ce qui m'a toujours surpris et intrigué chez Brassens, c'est comment un chanteur peut faire autant de chansons qui à la fois ont la même apparence et pourtant diffèrent autant. C'est un chanteur immortel, inimitable, inimité, unique. Ceux qui aiment Brassens trouvent d'ailleurs rarement des artistes capables de leur faire le même effet. Pas de tour de force technique non plus (comme la - splendide - voix de Brel par exemple), l'art de la conplexe simplicité. Des chansons les plus connues aux plus obscures, on pourrait dire que "tout est bon chez [lui] y'a rien à jeter". (Je rejoins @Nyyckaulhas à 100% pour l'histoire du tabac. Brassens sans sa pipe c'est comme Luke sans sabre laser ou le Père Noël sans traineau, ça casse l'image.)

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • nekoboyZic

    Juste l'homme parfait

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • m-chill

    Merci beaucoup. [3]

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Pour_Mircalla

    merci beaucoup. [2]

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • tiitusnakke

    He's a poet, a punk, anarchist, humanist (2) He made me as I'am. Difficult to say what songs I like the most, maybe ''mourir pour des idées'' or ''les oiseaux de passage''

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Brugelida

    Supplique pour être enterré à la Plage de Sète (L)

    20 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Costelongue

    He's a poet, a punk, anarchist, humanist (if this last word still means something). He's the very very first one I liked to listen to when I was a child and probably the one who made me love music. Decades after, I'm still exploring his works.

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • GordoTunder

    I just started listening to him. Man, i think of the people that don't have or won't have the chance to listen to this kind of music and lyrics. Georges is amaizing.

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Nochek

    merci beaucoup.

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Kordianelli

    Lubię jego muzykę.

    26 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Nyyckaulhas

    @Parisblues: Quel est ton problème avec le tabac franchement? Tu as peur du tabagisme passif? Tu sais, cela n'arrivera uniquement si tu es à coté d'une personne réelle, pas face à une photo. Est-ce que Brassens serait Brassens sans sa guitare, sa moustache ET SA PIPE? Les artistes (pas uniquement Georges, j'ai vu tes commentaires chez Gainsbourg et chez Django) ne te forcent pas à fumer. Simplement ils l’apprécient et je ne vois pas ce qu'il y a de dérangeant ici. Heureusement il n'y a pas de loi hors de France pour interdire la diffusion d'image de tabac (et encore cette loi ne s'applique pas à internet en France il me semble) ou pour priver Georges Brassens, Sherlock Holmes ou Jacques Tati de leurs pipes!

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
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