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Serge G. : An International Conference on Serge Gainsbourg

9-10 April 2018, Paris
Paris-Sorbonne University
IReMus
Collegium Musicae

In 1989, a survey of French cultural taste revealed that Serge Gainsbourg was both one of the most popular singers and yet a near outcast in his native country. When he died, two years later, President Mitterrand called him "our Baudelaire, our Apollinaire," claiming he had "elevated chanson to the level of art." But he might just as well have acknowledged Gainsbourg as the first artist to top the British charts with a single in a foreign language. With the hindsight of almost thirty years, one thing is, in any case, certain: sampled by Beck, De La Soul, Massive Attack and Fatboy Slim, remixed by Howie B. and David Holmes, translated by Mick Harvey and covered by Iggy Pop, Donna Summer, Portishead, Madeleine Peyroux, the Pet Shop Boys and Franz Ferdinand, "the man with the cabbage head" remains the Francophone songwriter whose contribution to the international appeal of French popular music has been the most significant in the postwar era. To celebrate the 90th anniversary of his birth, the IReMus's Centre de Recherche sur les Musiques Populaires is organizing the first international conference on this protean creator standing at the crossroads of pop music and chanson.

Proposals (no more than 300 words) and short biographical notes (maximum 75 words) should be sent to gainsbourg2018 -at- gmail.com by 17 December 2017. They will be peer-reviewed and decisions communicated on 5 February 2018.

Keynote Speakers : Darran Anderson (author of Histoire de Melody Nelson for Bloomsbury's widely acclaimed 33-1/3 series) ; Olivier Bourderionnet (author of Swing Troubadours. Brassens, Vian, Gainsbourg: Les Trente Glorieuses en 33 tours for Summa Publications) ; Peter Hawkins (author of Chanson for Ashgate/Routledge)

http://www.iremus.cnrs.fr/en/appel-communication/serge-g-international-conference-serge-gainsbourg

 

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