October 22, 1921, George-Charles Brassens is born to the 54
street from the Old people's home, in a popular district of
Sète. His/her father, Louis Brassens, mason of his trade,
are a convinced anticlerical, while his mother, Elvira Dagrosa,
an Italian widow, are believing and catholic practising. Of
its first marriage, it has a girl, Simone, born in 1912. She
adores to sing successes of the time that she learns by cœur;
this musical "climate" undoubtedly gave to George
the idea of the way which it will follow.
1933 Brassens enters to the college, where, except in gymnastics
and... in French, it shows a poor pupil, with the great despair
of his/her mother, constraint to prevail ("I had a childhood
happy, but wasted by the school") by removing its courses
of music in particular to him.
an incident melodramatic precipitates the "rise" in
Paris from which George dreams for some time: mingled with a
business with flight with jewels without gravity, it bails out
one year of prison with deferment, which is worth to him to
be returned college.
1940 In February,
Brassens rejoins the capital, where it places in his aunt Antoinette
who holds a pension to the 173 street of Alésia. Soon
constrained with unemployment by a bomb fallen on the Renault
factories where it exerts the trade of manœuvre, it learns
the piano on the instrument from his aunt, passes long hours
to the library of XIVe, plunged in the universe of the authors
- the Fountain and Villon in particular - and writes its first
1942 Brassens publishes
for the first time, on account of author, a collection of poems
rather satirical heading with the venvole.
1943 Necessary by
the S.T.O (Service of obligatory work), Brassens is sent in
1944 In March, Brassens
benefits from a permission to leave Germany definitively. Become
deserter, it hides to the 9 Florimont dead end, at Jeanne Bonniec
and her husband, "Auvergnat" Marcel Planche. There
will remain terré in its room until August 24, dates
from the Release of Paris.
1946 With his friends
of the STO and Sète, it dreams to launch a newspaper
non conformist, the Cry of Gueux, project which will never be
born. It binds with a group of anarchists of the Federation
of XVe district (Marcel Lepoil, Henri Bouye, the poet Armand
Robin) and collaborates some time in the Libertarian under the
pseudonym of OJ the Cedilla.
1947 It publishes
on account of author a surrealist lampoon, the moon listens
with the doors, under a false jacket of the N.R.F. Malheureusement,
not more Gallimard that literary criticism do not react.
It falls in love with Joha Heymann, ten years a Jewish Estonian
her elder. "Püppchen" will remain discrete the,
faithful one and beloved partner of its life.
is made attendre… The public of the Vault of the Republic,
where it passes thanks to the support of the chansonnier Jacques
Grello, reserves an icy reception to him. It is presented without
success at the Taboo, the lock, Nimble Rabbit.
1952 on March 6,
Pierre Gallant, chronicler with Paris-Match, a hearing at Patachou
takes down to him, in its Montmartrean cabaret. The singer and
the public are immediately subjugated. Jacques Canetti, friend
of Patachou and director of the Polydor-Philips house, invite
Brassens to pass in his famous cabaret of the Three Donkeys.
It carries out its first recording and meets Pierre Nicolas,
who will become his appointed double bass player and all its
life will accompany it.
1954 Song recitals
in Olympia, then in Bobino. Exit of an album 33 turns. Price
of the Academy Charles Cros. Publication of the bad reputation
1955 the song the
gorilla is diffused on Europe 1, only station to have agreed
to pass the title.
in Olympia, Alhambra and Bobino. Round abroad (Swiss, Belgium,
Italy, North Africa).
1961 Brassens undertakes
a round in Canada.
1962 Exit of the
ninth twenty-five centimetres. Repeated crises of renal colics,
which terribly make it suffer. Died of his/her mother, December
1963 Operation of
the kidney. Price Vincent Scotto.
1965 Died of his/her
1966 Two months of
recital (September and October) to the Palate of Chaillot.
1967 Second operation
of the kidney. Great price of poetry decreed by the French Academy.
1968 Although Brassens
does not mix with the demonstrations with May, its sympathy
goes to the young protestors. Died of Jeanne.
1972 Take part in
an official reception against the death penalty at the sides
of Léo Ferré. Remain three months whole with Bobino.
1973 News –
and last – round in France and Belgium.
1976-1977 Exit of
its last album, it twelfth. From October at March, it passes
to Bobino and pulverizes all the records of entries.
1979 Incarnate the hedgehog for a musical tale intended for
the children, émilie Jolie.
1980 Record with
George Tabet a double disc of Songs of its youth, for the benefit
of Association Snowdrop of Ventura Lino.
1981 on October 29,
Brassens dies of a cancer.