Georges Brassens  

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"There is even a song on the subject, I believe, by Georges Brassens, one of the earliest of the popular singers specializing in the facile or imaginary revolt (as the French observers have astutely called it) of the St. Germain-des-Prés period in Paris in the late 1940’s, a style now aped in America by such Katzenjammer kids as ‘Bob Dylan’ (Robert Zimmerman), The Mothers, the Seeds, the Freak-Outs, etc., and re-imported to France and England by ‘Antoine,’ the Beatles, and their further imitators, all of whom affect extremely feminine fright-wig haircuts. Brassens’ song plainly concerns the New Revolt, in which a gang of maddened women go out valiantly to ‘club the cops (matraquer les flics) with their pendulous breasts.’"--Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1968) by Gershon Legman

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Georges Charles Brassens (22 October 1921 – 29 October 1981) was a French singer-songwriter and poet.

As 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 Légende de la Nonne, Gastibelza), Paul Verlaine, Jean Richepin, François Villon (La Ballade des Dames du Temps Jadis), and Antoine Pol (Les Passantes).

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 réputation, and Mourir pour des idées. Most of his texts are tinged with black humour and are often anarchist-minded.




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