JANE BIRKIN will sing at The Music Hall the 25th of February !
It’s 40 years since she fell in love with him, 28 years since they split up, 17 years since he died, and Paris has never let its most iconic couple separate. The English-born French singer, actress, activist sings her famous repertoire, long-dominated by the work of her late husband, Serge Gainsbourg. And "as always, she finds herself comfortable in the twilit area between two styles, two languages, ever able to surprise and bewitch."
Few could imagine that Jane Birkin, the long-limbed icon from the Swingin’ 1960s, would go on to forge a distinctive, rewarding career as an actress and interpretive singer for five decades. A beloved star in her adoptive France, she fled ’swingin’ London almost 40 years ago, after causing a minor scandal in Britain as she cavorted with David Hemmings in Antonioni’s film, "Blow Up". She departed (already a single mother after a year-long marriage to film (James Bond…) composer John Barry, and swiftly became a central figure in Paris society, replacing Brigitte Bardot as Serge Gainsbourg’s lover. For over a decade, she was his muse, partner and lover of the pop-poet France still mourns like a favourite son. Their 1969 album "Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg" included the highly controversial track "Je T’Aime…Moi Non Plus" which, though sung entirely in French, was banned by several radio stations. Despite its notoriety, the single went on to top the British charts in October 1969, eventually scoring success internationally.
She arrived in Paris just after the "Événements" of May 1968, and since then, has dedicated her life to humanitarian work. She’s participated in over 70 films, and was awarded an OBE (Officer of the order of the British Empire) for her services to acting. As well as her numerous solo albums, she’s made musical collaborations and duets with artists such as Feist, Beth Gibbons from Portishead, Bryan Ferry, Franz Ferdinand, Manu Chao, Françoise Hardy, Beck, Rufus Wainwright, Les Negresses Vertes, and Johnny Marr. Zazie, and MC Solaar. She’s written and directed a newly-released, autobiographical film, "Boxes" based on her own compartmentalised lives—three husbands and three daughters. She’s the mother of actress Charlotte Gainsbourg with Serge Gainsbourg, mother of photographer Kate Barry with John Barry, mother of actress Lou Doillon with director Jacques Doillon, sister of director Andrew Birkin. (Thanks to Gary Topp for his contribution)