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August 25, 2011
MUSIC Is there a musician as cool as Serge Gainsbourg was? If your criteria are making endlessly inventive orchestral pop while keeping a stable of France's most beautiful muses at your beck and call (and fathering actress Charlotte), then no, there isn't. At this tribute show, artists including Beck, Sean Lennon, Zola Jesus and members of Beach House and Grizzly Bear tackle the composer's catalog with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, with special guest conductor and former frequent Gainsbourg collaborator Jean-Claude Vannier.
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March 14, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Barely a week after it came down the runway at Paris Fashion Week, Nicolas Ghesquiere's new collection for Louis Vuitton has already made its debut on the red carpet. And on Charlotte Gainsbourg no less, who as the daughter of actress Jane Birkin and singer Serge Gainsbourg is French fashion royalty.  Gainsbourg wore a head-to-toe look from Ghesquiere's debut collection for the luxury brand at the Thursday night premiere of "Nymphomaniac: Volume I" in New York. As his friend and muse, she's the perfect poster girl for his new direction at Vuitton, where he took over from Marc Jacobs.
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August 26, 2011 | Andy Beta
It's rare that an act of sexual aggression gets celebrated in American culture. But when the Hollywood Bowl's tribute concert to the late French singer-actor-director-composer-provocateur Serge Gainsbourg takes place Sunday night as part of KCRW's World Festival series, its finale will celebrate just that. In honoring the 20th anniversary of Gainsbourg's death (from natural causes in 1991), the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, L.A. singer, songwriter and producer Beck Hansen and his backing band as well as guest vocalists including Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste, Beach House's Victoria Legrand and Gainsbourg's son Lulu will pay tribute to Gainsbourg's immense songbook, which spans four decades and includes dalliances with Afro-Cuban jazz, folk, French bubble gum pop, progressive rock, even reggae.
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September 2, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Unconventional, imaginative, nothing if not audacious, "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" is a portrait of creativity from the inside, a serious yet playful attempt to find an artistic way to tell an emotional truth. "Heroic" may seem like an odd word to attach to a man like the legendary songwriter and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg, a giant of 20th century French popular music but also a man to whom creating outrage and scandal was second nature. Best known in this country for "Je T'Aime ... Moi Non Plus," the racy duet he recorded with British actress Jane Birkin (actress Charlotte Gainsbourg is their daughter)
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September 1, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
While growing up in Nice, France, in the 1970s and '80s, Joann Sfar was obsessed with singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. So much so that Sfar eventually penned and illustrated a 451-page adult comic book about the racy, boundary-pushing musician. "He was the only French singer with an attitude," Sfar, 40, said by phone from New York recently. "When you turn on TV in France in the 1970s, he was the only guy who would refer to sex and alcohol and the meaningless life, so it was very appealing.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2011
MOVIES Gainsbourg and His Girls If ever there were a man with muses, it was Serge Gainsbourg. This documentary, making its L.A. premiere, presents a portrait of the French singer-songwriter as seen through the eyes of the many women in his life, including Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and Anna Karina. Directed by Didier Varrod and Pascal Forneri. The Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 7:30 and 10 p.m. $10. (323) 655-2510. http://www.cinefamily.org. Kim Fowley's Last Days of Summer The mad hatter of L.A.'s cult music scene has been producing and writing hit records since 1959, long before he managed the Runaways in the late '70s.
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Barely a week after it came down the runway at Paris Fashion Week, Nicolas Ghesquiere's new collection for Louis Vuitton has already made its debut on the red carpet. And on Charlotte Gainsbourg no less, who as the daughter of actress Jane Birkin and singer Serge Gainsbourg is French fashion royalty.  Gainsbourg wore a head-to-toe look from Ghesquiere's debut collection for the luxury brand at the Thursday night premiere of "Nymphomaniac: Volume I" in New York. As his friend and muse, she's the perfect poster girl for his new direction at Vuitton, where he took over from Marc Jacobs.
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November 20, 2004 | Natalie Nichols, Special to The Times
Among his other talents, the late French pop singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg was skilled at coaxing scandalous talk out of pretty girls such as British vocalist and actress Jane Birkin, whose 1969 duet with the cranky provocateur, "Je T'aime E Moi Non Plus," caused controversy over her orgasmic heavy breathing while topping the U.K. charts.
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April 11, 2010 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to style, truly unabashed style that's as interesting as it is influential, musicians are at the forefront. Prince, Blondie, Siouxsie Sioux and Michael Jackson are obvious examples — perhaps because they are consistently referenced by young artists as inspiration for their onstage looks. The long list of musicians (and their faithful followers) flocking to the desert next weekend for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival includes a few style-setting female artists who are generating buzz for their fashion choices as well as their sound, including the poster girl for fashionable pop singers, Charlotte Gainsbourg.
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February 18, 2007 | Chris Lee, Times Staff Writer
TO the French, louche provocateur Serge Gainsbourg is a nicotine-stained national icon: a poet, director, singer-songwriter and actor as famous for his leering sexual persona as his bohemian nihilism. To actress-singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, he is Papa but also her Svengali, responsible for directing her early movies and writing her songs -- including their duet single "Lemon Incest." But when Serge died in 1991, Charlotte gave up on music.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
While growing up in Nice, France, in the 1970s and '80s, Joann Sfar was obsessed with singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. So much so that Sfar eventually penned and illustrated a 451-page adult comic book about the racy, boundary-pushing musician. "He was the only French singer with an attitude," Sfar, 40, said by phone from New York recently. "When you turn on TV in France in the 1970s, he was the only guy who would refer to sex and alcohol and the meaningless life, so it was very appealing.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2011
MOVIES Gainsbourg and His Girls If ever there were a man with muses, it was Serge Gainsbourg. This documentary, making its L.A. premiere, presents a portrait of the French singer-songwriter as seen through the eyes of the many women in his life, including Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and Anna Karina. Directed by Didier Varrod and Pascal Forneri. The Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 7:30 and 10 p.m. $10. (323) 655-2510. http://www.cinefamily.org. Kim Fowley's Last Days of Summer The mad hatter of L.A.'s cult music scene has been producing and writing hit records since 1959, long before he managed the Runaways in the late '70s.
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August 26, 2011
Serge Gainsbourg Tribute Where: Hollywood Bowl When: 7 p.m., Sunday Price: $12-$134 Info: (323) 850-2000; http://www.hollywoodbowl.com
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August 26, 2011 | Andy Beta
It's rare that an act of sexual aggression gets celebrated in American culture. But when the Hollywood Bowl's tribute concert to the late French singer-actor-director-composer-provocateur Serge Gainsbourg takes place Sunday night as part of KCRW's World Festival series, its finale will celebrate just that. In honoring the 20th anniversary of Gainsbourg's death (from natural causes in 1991), the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, L.A. singer, songwriter and producer Beck Hansen and his backing band as well as guest vocalists including Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste, Beach House's Victoria Legrand and Gainsbourg's son Lulu will pay tribute to Gainsbourg's immense songbook, which spans four decades and includes dalliances with Afro-Cuban jazz, folk, French bubble gum pop, progressive rock, even reggae.
IMAGE
April 11, 2010 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to style, truly unabashed style that's as interesting as it is influential, musicians are at the forefront. Prince, Blondie, Siouxsie Sioux and Michael Jackson are obvious examples — perhaps because they are consistently referenced by young artists as inspiration for their onstage looks. The long list of musicians (and their faithful followers) flocking to the desert next weekend for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival includes a few style-setting female artists who are generating buzz for their fashion choices as well as their sound, including the poster girl for fashionable pop singers, Charlotte Gainsbourg.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2007 | Chris Lee, Times Staff Writer
TO the French, louche provocateur Serge Gainsbourg is a nicotine-stained national icon: a poet, director, singer-songwriter and actor as famous for his leering sexual persona as his bohemian nihilism. To actress-singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, he is Papa but also her Svengali, responsible for directing her early movies and writing her songs -- including their duet single "Lemon Incest." But when Serge died in 1991, Charlotte gave up on music.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Unconventional, imaginative, nothing if not audacious, "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" is a portrait of creativity from the inside, a serious yet playful attempt to find an artistic way to tell an emotional truth. "Heroic" may seem like an odd word to attach to a man like the legendary songwriter and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg, a giant of 20th century French popular music but also a man to whom creating outrage and scandal was second nature. Best known in this country for "Je T'Aime ... Moi Non Plus," the racy duet he recorded with British actress Jane Birkin (actress Charlotte Gainsbourg is their daughter)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2004 | Natalie Nichols, Special to The Times
Among his other talents, the late French pop singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg was skilled at coaxing scandalous talk out of pretty girls such as British vocalist and actress Jane Birkin, whose 1969 duet with the cranky provocateur, "Je T'aime E Moi Non Plus," caused controversy over her orgasmic heavy breathing while topping the U.K. charts.
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