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The Eclectic Work of Serge Gainsbourg

Blacks Club - 67 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 4QH

With writer David Perry

David Perry, formerly associated with the experimental Rock Band Henry Cow talks about the iconic singer and sexual icon Serge Gainsbourg.

Serge Gainsbourg (1928-1991) was a celebrated French singer, songwriter, pianist, film composer, poet, painter, screenwriter, writer, actor and director. Regarded as one of the most important figures in French popular music, he was renowned for his often provocative and scandalous compositions, as well as for his eclectic output, including jazz, world, chanson, pop, rock, reggae, electronic, disco, new wave and funk. He is regarded as one of the most influential popular musicians of the 20th century.

During his career Gainsbourg wrote over 550 songs, often incorporating humour and wordplay, sexual suggestiveness or satire. As a result of his hit record Je t’aime, recorded with Jane Birkin, he also gained a cult following in the English-speaking world, with numerous artists influenced by his arrangements.

Photo of Serge Gainsbourg by Claude Troung-Ngoc used under CC-BY-SA 3.0

How to Book

This salon style event will be held from 6.30pm on Tuesday 24th September at Blacks Club, 67 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 4QH. The talk itself will commence promptly at 7.00pm, and should last about an hour.

Space at the event is strictly limited. RSVP in advance to info@rimbaudverlaine.org to reserve a place, indicating whether or not you are a Member of Blacks.

These will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis. Please reserve your place now to avoid disappointment!

 
The event will cost £10 per person on the door, payable to R&V either by cheque or in cash.