He wrote and sang, with his guitar, more than a hundred of his poems, as well as texts from many others such as Victor HugoPaul Verlaineor Louis Aragon. Most of his texts are tinged with black humour and are often anarchist -minded. 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. 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. His mother, whom Brassens labeled a "missionary for songs" militante de la chanson Under Pressure - Queen - Hot Space, came from southern Italy Marsico Nuovo in Basilicata was a devout Roman Catholic, while his father was an easy-going, generous, openminded, anticlerical man.
Brassens grew up between these two starkly contrasting personalities, who nonetheless shared a love for music. His mother, Simone, and Jules, were always singing. This environment imparted to Brassens a passion for singing that would come to define his life. He was said to love music above all else: it was his first passion and the path that led him to his career.
Consequently, he never learned to read music. A poor student, Brassens performed badly in school. Brassens had already been experimenting with songwriting and poetry. Brassens developed an interest in verse and rhyme. That is quite a transformation. Thanks to this teacher, I opened my mind to something bigger. Nonetheless, personal friendships and adolescence still defined Brassens in his teens.
At age seventeen, he was implicated in crimes that would prove to be a turning point in his life. To get money, Georges and his gang started to steal from their families and others. Georges stole a ring and a bracelet from his sister. The police found Nallen Syntymäpäivä - Various - Lasten Toivekonsertti - 100 Suosittua Lastenlaulua caught him, which caused a scandal.
The young men were publicly characterized as "high school mobsters" or "scum" - voyous. Some of the perpetrators, unsupported by their families, spent time in prison. While Brassens's father was more forgiving and immediately picked up his son, Brassens was expelled from school. He decided to move to Paris in Februaryfollowing a short trial as an apprentice mason in his father's business after World War II had already broken out.
Brassens lived with his aunt Antoinette in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, where he taught himself to play piano. He began working at a Renault car factory. In May the factory was bombed, and France invaded by Germany. He spent the summer in his home town, but soon returned to Paris, feeling that this was where his future lay. He did not work, since employment would serve only to profit the occupying enemy.
Saddened by the lack of poetic culture, Brassens spent most of his days in the library. It was then that he set a pattern of rising at five in the morning, and going to bed at sunset — a pattern he maintained the greater part of his life. He meticulously studied the great masters: VillonBaudelaireVerlaine and Hugo. His approach to poetry was almost scientific. Reading, for instance, a poem by Verlaine, he dissected it image by image, attentive to the slightest change in rhythm, analyzing the rhymes and the way they alternated.
Brassens later commented on his early works: "In those times, I was only regurgitating what I had learned reading the poets. I hadn't transformed it into honey yet.
He found time to write Bonhomme and Pauvre Martinalong with more than a hundred other songs, that were later either burned or frequently altered before they reached their final form Le Mauvais sujet repenti. He also wrote the beginning of his first novel, Lalie Kakamou. A year after he arrived in Basdorf, Brassens was granted a ten-day furlough.
It was obvious to him and his new friends that he wouldn't come back. In Paris, he had to find a hideout, but he knew very few people. Finally, Jeanne Planche came to his aid and offered to put him up as long as necessary. Jeanne lived with her husband Marcel in a hovel at 9 impasse Florimont, with La Cane De Jeanne - Georges Brassens - 2 - Les Amoureux Des Bancs Publics gas, water or electricity. Brassens accepted He once said on the radio: "I was nice there, and I have gained since then quite an amazing sense of discomfort.
Once put up at Jeanne Planche's, Georges had to stay hidden for five months, waiting for the war to come to an end. He continued writing poems and songs. He composed using as his only instrument a small piece of furniture that he called "my drum" on which he beat out the rhythm.
He resumed writing the novel he started in Basdorf, for only now did he consider a career as a famous novelist. The end of World War II and the freedom suddenly regained didn't change his habits much, except that he got his library card back and resumed studying poetry.
The end of the war meant the homecoming of the friends from Basdorf, with whom Brassens planned to create an anarchist -minded paper, Le Cri des Gueux The villains' crywhich never came into being for lack of money.
After the failure of Le Cri des GueuxBrassens joined the Anarchist Federation and wrote some virulent, black humour-tinged articles for Le Libertaire La Cane De Jeanne - Georges Brassens - 2 - Les Amoureux Des Bancs Publicsthe Federation's paper. Brassens said in an interview: "An anarchist is a man who scrupulously crosses at the zebra crossing, because he hates to argue with the agents".
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The owner of a cafe told him that his songs were not the type he was looking for. But at one point he met the singer Patachou in a very well known cafe, Les Trois Baudetsand she brought him into the music scene. He La Cane De Jeanne - Georges Brassens - 2 - Les Amoureux Des Bancs Publics on made several appearances at the Paris Olympia under Bruno Coquatrix ' management and at the Bobino music hall theater.
AfterBrassens rarely left France. A few trips to Belgium and Switzerland; a month in Canadarecording issued on CD in and another in North Africa were his only trips outside France — except for his concerts in Wales in and Cardiff.
All of Georges Brassens' studio albums are untitled. They are referred either as self-titled with a number, or by the title of the first song on the album, or by the most well-known song. Brassens rarely performed abroad. His lyrics are difficult to translate, though attempts have been made.
His songs often decry hypocrisy and self-righteousness in the conservative French society of the time, especially among the religious, the well-to-do, and those in law enforcement. The criticism is often indirect, focusing on the good deeds or innocence of others in contrast. His elegant use of florid language and dark humor, along with bouncy rhythms, often give a rather jocular feel to even the grimmest lyrics.
In recent years, [ when? His songs have been translated into 20 languages, including Esperanto. He also translated among others the poem "Il n'y a pas d'amour heureux" of the French contemporary poet Louis Aragon.
Franco-Cameroonian singer Kristo Numpuby also released a cover-album with the original French lyrics but adapted the songs to various African rhythms. An international association of Georges Brassens fans exists and there is also a La Cane De Jeanne - Georges Brassens - 2 - Les Amoureux Des Bancs Publics club in Berlin-Basdorf which organizes a Brassens festival every year in September.
Brassens composed about songs, of which were recorded, the other 50 remaining unfinished. Many schools, theatres, parks, public gardens, and public places are dedicated to Georges Brassens and his work, including:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Les copains d'abord.
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