A Rolls Royce is parked before a Paris, before a mural of French artist Serge Gainsbourg and Anglo-French artist Jane Birkin by artist Jo Di Bona, as seen April 11, 2018.
AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMON
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as she revives GainsbourgWith her distinctly breathy, coquettish voice, Jane Birkin 50 years ago emerged as the muse to her late partner Serge Gainsbourg. Birkin has revived the legendary French songwriter's music by singing accompanied by a full orchestra – a format that would have pleased Gainsbourg, who frequently brought classical motifs into his composition.Birkin took her "Gainsbourg Symphonique" to Festival d'ete de Quebec, the Quebec capital's giant summer festival, last weekend, where she took a few minutes to share some of her memories behind the songs with AFP.When Birkin first met Gainsbourg in 1968, she recalled, the songwriter was heartbroken from a failed romance with film actor Brigitte Bardot. Gainsbourg had written the song, which he dubbed "the most beautiful love song you can ever imagine," for Bardot in 1967 and had conceived of it as a duet. When he recorded the single in 1969, he performed the duet with Birkin.
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