Fireside Chat

Jane Birkin

60 minsFirst aired 24 Jan 2018
Nick Bustos

The English/French music, film and fashion icon shares her fascinating life story.

Jane Birkin is a legendary figure in more than one way. Having first found fame as an actress in Antonioni’s 1966 masterpiece Blow Up, she married composer and arranger John Barry at a young age. A few years later she was cast for a role in a French film and met Serge Gainsbourg — she sang the film’s theme, which he had written. There began a love affair that was ultimately outlasted by a long and fruitful musical relationship. Scandalous fame and notoriety came with the erotic pop song “Je t’aime.. moi non plus,” and Birkin was also featured on the heavily sampled classic, “Histoire de Melody Nelson.” Birkin continued to record and perform songs by Gainsbourg, and later collaborated with a new generation of songwriters such as Feist, Rufus Wainwright, Beth Gibbons and MC Solaar, to name but a few.


Interview by Saxon Baird
Written and engineered by Frank Westerkamp
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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