Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of E-Cigs!

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Serge G burn record

He’s back, he’s smoking – and he’s digital: ‘Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes’, long out of print, has risen from the ash-tray and is being released today as an e-book in five different languages!

Here’s the Press Release:
For the first-time on e-book, a New Expanded Edition of Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes by Sylvie Simmons, the award-winning rock writer and the New York Times Best-selling author of I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen. Originally published in 2001 to worldwide acclaim and never-before available digitally, A Fistful of Gitanes was the first biography in English to capture Gainsbourg in all his gleeful outrageousness and contraditions, and counted Gainsbourg’s longtime partner Jane Birkin and legendary novelist JG Ballard among its avid fans.
Simmons’s work will stand as the definitive take on a dizzying genius.This new edition, which includes an expanded new discography and additional photos, will be available digitally in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Japanese will be available exclusively through starting April 27, 2015.

You can order here:

And here’s what people have been saying:

“I highly recommend A Fistful of Gitanes by Sylvie Simmons, a highly entertaining biography of the French singer-songwriter and all-round scallywag.” – J.G. Ballard
“Wonderful! Serge would have been so happy.” – Jane Birkin
“An excellent piece of writing.” – Leonard Cohen
“A marvellous book.” – Mariannne Faithfull
“Gitanes is a stone masterpiece!” – Stephen Davis, Hammer Of The Gods.
“A wonderful introduction to one of the most overlooked songwriters of the 20th century.” – The Times
“Anyone interested in learning more about Gainsbourg’s ravishing, Gallic, (spell-binding too) degeneracy would be well advised to check out A Fistful of
Gitanes.” – Mother Jones
“A riveting read.” – OK Magazine
“This dizzying biog recounts the holy-fool highs and sad-bastard lows of the French cultural icon. Converts will relish this ribald tale and newcomers will be correctly corrupted. Smoking!” – Uncut
“The most intriguing music-biz biography of the year.” – The Independent
“Sylvie, a fluent Francophone, brings him to life, guides us through the subtleties [and] perfectly evokes her subject.” – MOJO
“Impeccably researched and eminently readable.” – The Guardian
“Fascinating and superbly written, this proffers insight and constant entertainment.” – Time Out
“Superbly written.” – The Jewish Chronicle
“Simmons’s work will stand as the definitive take on a dizzying genius.” -Goodreads