8. Serge Gainsbourg – Histoire de Melodie Nelson

The polar opposite of the modern PC scrubbed celebrity, Serge Gainsbourg looked like he had just crawled out of bed and stank of sex and stale booze. I was in Paris the day he died and the whole city was bathed in a spooked silence…
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Rob: ‘Mental crazy guy that I relate to existentially. Met him in the Columbia Hotel in Ladbroke Grove. He arrived, bought the bar a drink and was amazed that I knew BB etc. I love this album.’

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

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