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Je T'aime: The legendary love story of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg

Je T'aime: The legendary love story of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg

by Véronique Mortaigne


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In 1968 Serge Gainsbourg was at an impasse, devastated that Brigitte Bardot had dumped him. When Jane Birkin breezed into his life she invigorated him with a creative passion that would grip them both for over a decade, producing phenomenal, enduring music. The iconic rebel couple: fruitful, charismatic and super-stylish; legendary players on the Parisian scene, who lived out a passionate, very public affair. But what did Jane give to Serge and Serge to Jane? In a loose-limbed and fastidiously-detailed narrative, acclaimed journalist Véronique Mortaigne gathers together the relevant cultural threads to place Jane and Serge securely in the context of their thrilling epoch.

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ISBN-13: 9781785784842
Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,153,688
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Véronique Mortaigne is a journalist and broadcaster. She has been head of music and arts at Le Monde and is the author of a dozen books, including biographies of Cesaria Evora, Manu Chao, and Johnny Halliday.

Table of Contents

1 Cresseveuille 1

2 Jane from London 11

3 The jet set 25

4 Bardot and Gainsbourg 37

5 Gainsbourg goes in to fight 45

6 The encounter 59

7 The hell of St, Tropez 73

8 The beginning and the end 95

9 The family 109

10 Don Juan 125

11 Don Juan, Vadim and the defeat of the male 139

12 Androgyny, the foundations of the Republic 153

13 The twin 167

14 Drag queens and company 175

15 Of dogs and girls 181

16 Régine 195

17 Je t'aime moi non plus 205

18 Impedimenta and the outlines of the future 219

19 Éros, Thanatos, women's bodies and voices: supreme object of desire 227

20 The night belongs to us 239

Bibliography 246

Acknowledgements 249

About the author 250

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