Paperback, 256 pages
Published on the 50-year anniversary of the legendary song Je t’aime… moi non plus,, deemed too risque for many American radio stations, Véronique Mortaigne’s book on Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin is a lyrical retelling of a relationship that defined an age.
Synonymous with love, eroticism, glamour, music, provocation, their affair would set France aflame as the sixties ebbed, and set in motion many of the ideas we have by now come to think of as specifically ‘French’.
Skipping back and forth in time, Je t'aime takes the reader from the foggy Normandy landscapes where Serge and Jane retreated, to their carefree summers on the coast. En route to their superstardom in films and music, we experience their intrigues, triangular relationships, and jealous rages, the genius and the self-torture.
Tenderly told, via new interviews with key players in their story, Je t'aime details the coming together of two massive personalities, who together created a model of the rebel couple for the ages.