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on 27 March 2014
As a long time admirer of Serge Gainsbourg and especially "Histoire De Melody Nelson", I bought this book hoping for some background information on the LP itself, perhaps a little about the production, the musicians etc. Sadly it turned out to be merely a mini-biography of Gainsbourg, and a fairly poorly written one at that. Most of the content here is covered in greater detail in Sylvie Simmons' excellent "A Fistful Of Gitanes". Anyone looking for a better exploration of "Histoire De Melody Nelson" should seek out the 32 page booklet issued with the deluxe vinyl boxset reissue of the LP...
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on 19 December 2013
In "Histoire de Melody Nelson" Darran Anderson brings together historical, cultural and biographical background to fully explore the origins of Gainsbourg's music, transcending typical music journalism and clichés about his work. Exploring the influence of Nabakov, the Holocaust and jazz, and never holding back in pursuing the possibilities and ideas that Gainsbourg hinted at, his book is a work of art in itself, interrogating Gainsbourg's ideas about freedom, censorship, rebellion and control in the most poetic and original manner. It is a brilliant introduction to Anderson's writing, as well as Gainsbourg's music; a meeting of minds.
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on 8 November 2013
Not what I was expecting a book about the album but a mini biography pas mal as Serge would have said.
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on 20 February 2014
A brilliantly written, well researched exploration of Gainsbourg music. First time I've read anything written by Darran Anderson, I will keep looking out for his next publication.
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on 8 May 2014
A cracking insight into the world of Serge, if you are a fan of the man then this is an absolute must buy !!!
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on 8 March 2016
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