Inside Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin’s Storied Home
More than three decades after Serge Gainsbourg’s death, the “love nest for night owls” where he and Jane Birkin raised a family is at last opening to the public.
On March 2, 1991, Serge Gainsbourg went to sleep in his bed on the second floor of his house at 5 bis rue de Verneuil in Paris and never woke up. A second heart attack killed him at age 62. For all of France, his death was both shocking and unsurprising. Who couldn’t recite from memory at least some of the chiseled lyrics—at times playful, at times caustic, often outrageous—he’d written for himself and a string of women he’d worked with and slept with over the years? Gainsbourg bestrode the French cultural landscape like a broken-down colossus. “He was our Apollinaire, our Baudelaire," wrote French president François Mitterand.