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Contest Fri Dec 02 2011

Contest: Celebrate the music of Serge Gainsbourg with Jane Birkin Monday night

Jane Birkin has lived her life as not only the muse to one of the most famous French singers in history, but as an actress, humanitarian, singer, mother, and all around amazing woman. From her days as a staple in the European pop scene of the 60s, her beauty and charm captured the man who would create a body of work that would influence a multitude of artist from Beck to Portishead to Pulp. With the anniversary of one of the pinacles of Serge Gainsbourg's work, Histoire de Melody Nelson, Birkin has started to tour with a full backing band to bring to life the songs from this iconic album. If you are a Francophile, this is the closest you'll get to seeing Gainsbourg's music live in the most true form.

And for one lucky Gapers Block reader, we have a pair of tickets to give away so you can enjoy the show as well. Just email us at by 4pm today, Friday December 2nd, with the subject line "Je t'aime" and you and friend could be enjoying the show for free Monday night [Update: We have a winner! Congrats to Tracy!] We're more than certain that the show will be très bien.

The Empty Bottle and Chicago Reader present A Serge Gainsbourg Tribute featuring Jane Birkin, Monday December 5th, 8pm at the Portage Theater. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of, and can be purchased here.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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