By Alison Hird, October 22, 2021
France’s much-loved singer-poet Georges Brassens was born 100 years ago today. Many of his songs – most of them “about naked women, death and cats” – still resonate in a much-changed contemporary society.
With his pipe, polo-necked sweater, moustache and cat on lap, the image of Brassens is more cudly uncle than new-man.
As Joann Sfar, curator of a major Brassens exhibition in 2011, has pointed out, “most of his songs are about naked women, death and cats”.