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Ok book if you don't know anything about Serge
on 14 July 2010
I read this book when it came out and it left me disappointed. I thought the writing was terrible and I thought the subject was under-researched, I suppose it was written for the 'English' market. It was nothing more than an extended Mojo article (I believe that is who Ms Simmons writes for)and not the meaty biography the English speaking world is gagging for (well, I was gagging for, I guess), it is nothing more than 'Serge Light' and you never really get the feeling or the impact of the real Serge Gainsbourg. Compare that with say the biography of Janice Joplin by Alice Echols and you really feel hard done by. Echols' book is well researched and puts the subject into a historical context, it makes for a highly interesting read. Ms Simmons book is just a poor little biography, badly written and lacking any sort of passion or compassion for her subject. Shame, Serge deserves so much more especially since he loved England and the English so much.