Georges Brassens & Pierre de Gaillande
Originally published in collaboration with Barbès Records as part of a special-edition boxed set, this book presents musician and translator de Gaillande's skillful English translations of Brassens's legendary songs along with artwork by New York artist Hannah Cole.
De Gaillande … has faithfully translated Brassens’s lyrics into English, preserving both their raunchiness and their defiance.—The New Yorker
The person who taught me the most about ethics—more than any priest and for a long time more than any philosopher—was the singer Georges Brassens. Everyone knew he did not believe in God, yet his ethics, though admittedly not in conformity with those of the Vatican, bore the imprint of the Gospels and remained essentially faithful to them, conveying what philosopher Jean-Marie Guyau has described as an ethics 'with neither obligation nor punishment.' Perhaps the songs of Joan Baez, Woody Guthrie or the Beatles played a similar role in the English-speaking world.—André Comte-Sponville