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22 October 1921, Sète, France, d. 29 October 1981, Saint-Gély-du-Fesc, Sète, France. Very well known in France as a songwriter and prize-winning poet, honoured by the Académie Française in 1967, Brassens is much less well known elsewhere than is his due. His simple melodies and articulate, worldly-wise lyrics made him as significant as Bob Dylan in his homeland and he is still venerated over 20 years after his death.
Brassens was born in Sète in southern France, and served in forced labour camps during the Nazi occupation in World War II. He began writing songs at an early age but did not start performing as a solo artist until much later, overcoming his shyness to begin working the Parisian club circuit in the early 50s in an attempt to place his songs with other performers. His breakthrough arrived in 1952 when he played a late night audition for the cabaret singer Patachou. She convinced him to...