Serge Gainsbourg

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Serge Gainsbourg, born Lucien Ginsburg (French pronunciation: [sɛʁʒ ɡɛ̃zbuʁ]; 2 April 1928 – 2 March 1991)[2] was a French singer-songwriter, actor and director.[3] Gainsbourg's extremely varied musical style and individuality make him difficult to categorize. His legacy has been firmly established, and he is often regarded as one of the world's most influential popular musicians.[4]

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Biography

Personal life

He was born Lucien Ginsburg[5] in Paris, France, the son of Russian Jewish parents, Joseph Ginsburg (1896 — 22 April 1971) and Olga[6] Bessman (1894 — 16 March 1985), who fled to France after the 1917 Russian Revolution. He had a twin sister, Liliane.[7][8] His childhood was profoundly affected by the occupation of France by Nazi Germany, during which he and his family, as Jews, were forced to wear the yellow star and eventually flee Paris. Before he was 30 years old, Gainsbourg was a disillusioned painter, but earned his living as a piano player in bars.

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