The Bay Bridged loved recent shows from “SF treasure” Sylvie Simmons and Annie Girl and The Flight, “who took rock ‘n roll and gave it the kick in the ass it deserves.” Read more here.Read More »
Sylvie Simmons is a renowned British rock writer who misspent her youth and several subsequent decades hanging with bands and taking notes. Her writing has appeared in countless publications and collections including the legendary US magazine Creem and UK’s MOJO, for whom she still writes today.
Along the way, living variously in London, Los Angeles, France and San Francisco, she acquired an award or two, became the subject of a BBC documentary (The Rock Chick) and wrote a number of highly-acclaimed books. She is the author of Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes; Neil Young, Reflections in Broken Glass; the cult short story collection Too Weird for Ziggy; and, most recently, the international bestseller I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, which she promoted by going on the road for a year with her book and ukulele; like all rock writers, she has an inner rockstar. Her debut album Sylvie was released on Light In The Attic Records in 2014.
Tomorrow night, Sylvie Simmons reunites with Howe Gelb of Giant Sand at The Chapel in San Francisco. Sylvie will be premiering some new songs in her opening set as well as playing songs from her album Sylvie, which Howe Gelb produced and played on. Howe’s headlining set will focus on piano songs, also including new material from his next album Future Standards.
Read an essay on Gainsbourg’s reggae years from Sylvie Simmons on Red Bull Music Academy.
Her biography Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes is available here.Read More »
“Not Just a Gun But Dancing,” is a must read, a tale of late-night visitation and sleeplessness by Sylvie Simmons, the award-winning writer and author of best-selling Leonard Cohen biography, “I’m Your Man.” In “Not Just a Gun,” all of the men who have ever shared the narrator’s bed, or her life, come to her ghost-like and she sees them clearly, “all who wanted to be brave and tried but couldn’t.”
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United For Opportunity is proud to release, for the first-time on ebook, a New Expanded Edition of Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes by Sylvie Simmons, the award-winning rock writer and the New York Times Best-selling author of I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen. Originally published in 2001, long out of print and never until now available digitally, A Fistful of Gitanes was the first biography in English to capture Gainsbourg in all his gleeful outrageousness and contradictions, and counted Gainsbourg’s longtime partner Jane Birkin and legendary novelist JG Ballard among its avid fans.
Simmons’s work will stand as the definitive take on a dizzying genius. This new edition, which includes an expanded discography, will be available digitally in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Japanese is available exclusively through Amazon.com here.Read More »