Serge Gainsbourg: biography and latest news!

    Serge Gainsbourg © BERTRAND RINDOFF PETROFF
    Serge Gainsbourg © BERTRAND RINDOFF PETROFF

  • Occupation : singer
  • Sign : Aries
  • Date of birth: Monday, April 02, 1928 (age: 62 years old)
  • Date of death : Saturday 02 March 1991
  • Country : France

Serge Gainsbourg is one of the major singer-songwriters of French chanson. Having become Gainsbarre in the 1980s, this master of subtle and sulfurous rhyme inspires the younger generation beyond his death.

Serge Gainsbourg (real name Lucien Ginsburg) was born on April 2, 1928 in Paris into a family of Russian immigrants, Jews, painters and musicians, who were forced to flee and hide by the war of 1940. It was a traumatic ordeal for young Serge, who would suffer from this feeling of rejection throughout his life.

Serge Gainsbourg made his debut in 1954 as a pianist in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Seduced by the realistic verve of Boris Vian, to resist the yéyés years, he soon adopts a singular, offbeat style, fuelled by double meanings and erotic allusions (“Les sucettes à l’anis”, 1965). The 1970s consecrated this lucid and modern poet to literary, Anglo-Saxon and mixed influences (“L’ami caouette”, “Je suis venu te dire qu’je m’en vais”, “Couleur café”), who wrote for many performers. His feminine passions inspire his cult titles (“Je t’aime… moi non plus”).

After two marriages (1951, 1964) and two children (Natacha was born in 1964, Paul in 1967), Serge Gainsbourg fell in love with Brigitte Bardot, met the British actress Jane Birkin in 1967 (Charlotte was born in 1971), separated in 1980, then lived with the model Bamboo (Lucien was born in 1986)…

His separation from Jane Birkin coincided with the beginning of the Gainsbarre years. In spite of the consecrations, the artist gets drunk, psychologically damaged, and deploys a provocative image in the media.

Sick, Serge Gainsbourg died on March 2, 1991 at his home in Paris. In 1995, he was posthumously awarded the César for best music for the film “Élisa” by Jean Becker.