BAD REPUTATION, the latest musical venture of Paris-born, New York -based Pierre de Gaillande. is a translation of the lyrics of iconic French poet/singer Georges Brassens into English. Three volumes of the songs, translated and performed by de Gaillande, have been released by Barbes Records and Vermillion Music. De Gaillande performs these songs with a talented group of musicians at venues in the U.S.A. and abroad. One of his collaborators in the studio and on stage is Joel Favreau, who performed with Brassens himself at the end of his career.
With Bad Reputation, Pierre has undertaken a daunting task; to translate a collection of the Brassens oeuvre, strictly adhering to the rhyme scheme, meter, and meaning of the original texts, while preserving their musicality and lyricism in English.
Brassens has been translated into many languages worldwide, yet attempts to do so into English have fallen short. This project is an opportunity for the Anglophone world to discover the work of this amazing songwriter, poet, and individual.
Bad Reputation has been featured on NPR's The World with Scott Simon, as well as French TV station TV5, and in countless publications and radio programs in France, Spain, and the US.