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Georges Brassens

French singer-songwriter and poet

Georges Brassens

French singer-songwriter and poet
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birthday
22nd
October, 1921
Death
29th
October, 1981
Birth Place
Cette, France
Birth Sign
libra
Biography

Georges Charles Brassens (French pronunciation: [ ( ) a l b as s]; 22 October 1921 – 29 October 1981) was a French singer-songwriter and poet.
Now an iconic figure in France, he achieved fame through his elegant songs with their harmonically complex music for voice and guitar and articulate, diverse lyrics. He is considered one of France’s most accomplished postwar poets. He has also set to music poems by both well-known and relatively obscure poets, including Louis Aragon (Il n’y a pas d’amour heureux), Victor Hugo (La L gende de la Nonne, Gastibelza), Paul Verlaine, Jean Richepin, Fran ois Villon (La Ballade des Dames du Temps Jadis), and Antoine Pol (Les Passantes).
During World War II, he was forced by the Germans to work in a labor camp at a BMW aircraft engine plant in Basdorf near Berlin in Germany (March 1943). Here Brassens met some of his future friends, such as Pierre Ont niente, whom he called Gibraltar because he was “steady as a rock.” They would later become close friends.
After being given ten days’ leave in France, he decided not to return to the labor camp. Brassens took refuge in a small cul-de-sac called “Impasse Florimont,” in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, a popular and working-class district, where he lived for several years with its owner, Jeanne Planche, a friend of his aunt. Planche lived with her husband Marcel in relative poverty: without gas, running water, or electricity. Brassens remained hidden there until the end of the war five months later, but ended up staying for 22 years. Planche was the inspiration for Brassens’s song Jeanne.
He wrote and sang, with his guitar, more than a hundred of his poems. Between 1952 and 1976, he recorded fourteen albums that include several popular French songs such as Les copains d’abord, Chanson pour l’Auvergnat, La mauvaise r putation, and Mourir pour des id es. Most of his texts are tinged with black humour and are often anarchist-minded.
In 1967, he received the Grand Prix de Po sie of the Acad mie fran aise.
Apart from Paris and S te, he lived in Crespi res (near Paris) and in Lezardrieux (Brittany).

instruments played
acoustic
banjo
drums
Guitar
Organ
Piano
Associated Acts

Pierre Nicolas, sometimes Barth (C)l (C)my Rosso, Jo

Birth Name

Georges Charles Brassens

Genres

Chanson folk acoustic

Years Active

1951 1981

Name

Georges Brassens

Nationality

France

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