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1973’s Vu de l’extérieur: home to one of Serge Gainsbourg’s biggest hits (“Je suis venu te dire que je m’en vais”), along with a host of lesser known gems. In true Gainsbourgian form, a large swath of the album’s lyrics are equally lascivious and ridiculous, penned by the bon vivant in a fit of inspiration shortly after suffering his first heart attack at age 45. In contrast to his previous LP, the heavily orchestrated Histoire de Melody Nelson, this is a stripped down affair, its ten tracks arranged by Gainsbourg and produced by Peter Olliff.
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The Continuing Cult of French Provocateur Serge Gainsbourg

Serge Gainsbourg died 30 years ago this year, aged 62. Jane Birkin, his longtime muse and partner, recalls that, as with John. F. Kennedy, people remembered where they were when he died. In Paris, ‘everything stopped’, and the city was oddly quiet. Crowds gathered around his home, held a vigil, and sang ‘La Javanaise’. But things were different in the non-French speaking world: amid the ending of the Gulf War and the imminent collapse of the USSR, people had bigger things to think about.
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7 Style Lessons We Can Learn From Serge Gainsbourg

Many people think of Paris as the center of style. As the birthplace of pretty much every pioneering fashion house, it’s understandable that this would be the case. But when you think about the history of menswear (specifically, from a tailoring point of view), the city of light isn’t necessarily the first place to spring to mind. England caters to the colder seasons through bespoke Savile Row suits, Italy the warmer weather through lighter, regionally sourced ensembles. So where does Paris sit? Somewhere smack dab in the middle of both, pulling textural ingredients from its neighboring countries and wearing them in a manner that’s filled with elegance, sophistication and an insouciant sense of charm. The Frenchman who most displayed this in action? Serge Gainsbourg.
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Steal the Perfect Spring Shoe from Mick Jagger and Serge Gainsbourg

Nothing in the world seems certain—and this ambivalent mood includes shoes. Last spring, a clutch of mega menswear designers, including Dries Van Noten and Jil Sander, put out ballet flats, while Jonathan Anderson continues to reinvent the crunchy clog into something sublime. Some observers have predicted that this signals the demise of the sneaker, while others have pointed to the ascendance of the loafer. But in truth, it seems the world is at a shoe impasse. Anything goes, and yet nothing quite looks right.
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