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Serge Gainsbourg

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Paris, France (1928 – 1991)

Serge Gainsbourg (April 2, 1928 – March 2, 1991) was a poet-songwriter, singer, actor, novelist, painter and director. Gainsbourg’s varied style and individuality made him difficult to categorize. Although famous in France for many years, he did not achieve his first No. 1 album until 1979, when he released Aux Armes et caetera more than twenty years after his music career had begun. But since the 1980s, his legacy has been firmly established.

He was born Lucien Ginzburg in Paris, France, the son of Jewish Russian parents who fled to France after the 1917 Bolshevik uprising. His childhood was profoundly affected by the occupation of France by Nazi Germany, during which he and his family, as Jews, were forced to wear the yellow star and eventually flee from Paris. He had a daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg, with English singer and actress Jane Birkin; and a son, Lulu, with his last partner, Bambou (Caroline Von Paulus, who is related to Friedrich Paulus). Before he was 30 years old, Lucien Ginsburg was a disillusioned painter but earned his living as a piano player in bars. Daughter Charlotte would later become an actress and singer.

His early songs were influenced by Boris Vian and were largely in the vein of “old-fashioned” chanson. Very early, however, Gainsbourg began to move beyond this and experiment with a succession of different musical styles: early on, in the 60’s, in the 70’s, even in the 80’s.

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  • Patttt

    no no thanks no

    17 Jul 2:44am Reply
  • Amrabart

    if you look up the word 'style' in a dictionary, you will see this man's photo

    16 Jul 9:30pm Reply
  • alicewondered

    @DDDDDDazrovia He is not mumbling something, his lyrics are actually smartly written since French is not that easy to put into music and that he influenced many other songwriters by challenging our language through his brilliant play on words. Also, you SUCK.

    5 Jul 9:53pm Reply
  • mandimuh

    moiei.

    30 Jun 3:08am Reply
  • sixty-forty

    @DDDDDDazrovia This coming from someone who has an anime girl's ass for their avatar photo

    23 Jun 4:31pm Reply
  • DDDDDDazrovia

    smh@ these foreigners fools thinking that serge gainsbourg is actually talented. this hack is just playing guitar while mumbling everything that comes out of his degenerate mind

    15 Jun 12:10pm Reply
  • leavethecapitol

    GAINSBOURG IS GOD

    1 Jun 4:37am Reply
  • juliendu48

    La Javanaise

    29 May 8:49pm Reply
  • tardisa

    te amo, ome.

    23 May 5:28pm Reply
  • CooperClarke

    fuck, he's perfect!

    21 May 6:27pm Reply
  • leavethecapitol

    my love

    20 Apr 4:40am Reply
  • BallerCraig

    Smoking!!!

    14 Apr 4:58pm Reply
  • ravschmidt-sas

    My last discovery, and I can't stop listening to it! "Histoire De Melody Nelson" is great.

    1 Apr 11:23am Reply
  • Intercellular

    Fuck, he has the best face.

    12 Mar 8:26pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    was unique, a true artist, maverick

    9 Mar 10:40pm Reply
  • lepsudjc

    Ecce Homo!

    26 Feb 3:36pm Reply
  • I0000days

    This song perfectly describes what Gainsbourg is all about.

    25 Feb 10:21am Reply
  • Cxmxllx

    <3

    9 Feb 12:53pm Reply
  • Levi_Bronson

    The real punk.

    15 Jan 12:32am Reply
  • Parisblues

    funny this bi*chie dog playin and winning at poker huh ?he bien maintenant c'est toi qui est au bout de la laisse serge !tu peux toujours hurler no way samantha c'est pas la meme b*tch ha ha t'es au bout de sa laisse pour l'eternite ! ca t'apprendras pour l'histoire du nonosse ! Qui Promène Son chien Est Au Bout De La Laisse Pour L'Eternite SG !

    6 Jan 1:17am Reply
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