Family Bliss

I wrote about a book of photographs of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin for Paste. See the piece here. Gainsbourg is one of the best-known French pop singers in America. Birkin–who is English and was initially married to the man who composed the James Bond theme–got romantically involved with Gainsbourg in the late ’60s. They also recorded together. The song below, “Je T’aime,…Moi Non Plus,” was originally written by Gainsbourg when he was involved with another actress/singer/romantic flame, Brigitte Bardot. The version they recorded wasn’t released, since Bardot was married to another man, and the song was full of erotic breathing. Gainsbourg re-recorded it with Birkin when they got together, and this time he put out the song. It promptly got banned by the Vatican and shot to the #2 spot on the English charts.

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