Georges Brassens : A playlist for the centenary of his birth

Celebrate the centenary of the birth of the dearly missed Georges Brassens, world-renowned guitarist and song-writing genius.

Having sold over 20 million records spanning a 30-year career, Georges Brassens (1921 – 1981) is a celebrated fixture in French music and culture. He is remembered as a gifted poet, brilliant songwriter and captivating performer, with impressive command and manipulation of language. 

In addition, Brassens is renowned for the subversive streak, which emboldened his poetry and lyrics, as he gleefully satirized religion, class, social conformity, and moral hypocrisy. His powerful words are still studied as part of the French school curriculum today.

Along with Jacques Brel, Brassens became a unique voice on the French cabaret circuit, and exerted a tremendous influence on many other singers and songwriters of the post-war era.

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