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Hommage À Serge Gainsbourg

April 15, 2012
Hommage À Serge Gainsbourg

Hommage À Serge Gainsbourg

Maison Serge Gainsbourg on the rue de Verneuil in Paris

Maison Serge Gainsbourg on the rue de Verneuil in Paris

A tribute to controversial French composer Serge Gainsbourg.

Recorded live at the festival in the Valley.

Serge Gainsbourg (1928 – 1991) was the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants. During WWII they were forced to wear a yellow star and eventually flee Paris. His parent had fled to France after the 1917 Russian Revolution.

Serge Gainsbourg had a brief affair with Brigitte Bardot, a much longer affair with Jane Birkin.

His music had a reputation for being dark, with sexual overtones.

Le Poinçonneur des Lilas describes the day in the life of a Paris Métro ticket man whose job it is to stamp holes in passengers’ tickets. Gainsbourg describes this chore as so monotonous that the man eventually thinks of putting a hole into his own head and being buried in another.

Les Sucettes was written for teen singer France Gall. She thought she was singing about lollipops. She was singing about oral sex.

His most famous composition, which was immediately banned in the UK, was Je t’aime… moi non plus, recorded with Jane Birken. The Vatican felt obliged to make a public statement citing the song as offensive. It shot straight to No 1 in several countries.

Lemon Incest, translates as Inceste de citron, a wordplay on un zeste de citron (a lemon zest), was recorded with his daughter Charlotte (mother Jane Birkin).

Rock Your Life

November 15, 2011

Well done Rudolf Schenker, founder and lead guitarist of the Scorpions, for making your book Rock Your Life available for free download in Bulgarian!

Top story in OOSA Gets It Read (Tuesday 15 November 20110).

Aleph in Farsi
Baba Zula
Paulo Coelho’s St Joseph’s Day Party at Pera Palace Hotel
Scorpions – Still loving you

Julia K at the West End Centre

June 10, 2010

My lovely friend Sian and I were seated expecting Mike Dawes and Amy Turk. We were baffled. What we got was Julia K.

Not that we was complaining. It was just that it was not what we were expecting, but nevertheless excellent.

Julia K, a four-piece rock group, Julia on vocals, keyboard and guitar. Normally a five-piece line up, but the backing vocalist was ill.

It was only when they had finished their set that we realised they were front for Mike Dawes and Amy Turk!

The venue was perfect. The studio at the West End Centre in Aldershot. Very intimate, sat at tables.

The West End Centre is a little cultural gem, a cultural oasis in an otherwise cultural wasteland.

An absolute must for the West End Centre: Socos Duo, Mechanical Bride, Jacob’s Stories, Lucinda Drayton.

Also see

Julia K at the West End Centre
Julia K – MySpace
Julia K – Facebook
Julia K – Twitter

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