Georges Brassens

Georges Brassens in concert at the Théâtre national populaire, September–October 1966. Georges Charles Brassens (; 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 Légende de la Nonne'', ''Gastibelza''), Paul Verlaine, Jean Richepin, François 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 Onténiente, 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 réputation'', and ''Mourir pour des idées''. Most of his texts are tinged with black humour and are often anarchist-minded.

In 1967, he received the Grand Prix de Poésie of the Académie française.

Apart from Paris and Sète, he lived in Crespières (near Paris) and in Lezardrieux (Brittany). Provided by Wikipedia
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Published 1982
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Published 2007
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by Ringeas , René
Published 1966
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Published 1996
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Published 1970
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