Jane Birkin | Portage Theater | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Jane Birkin Agenda Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Mon., Dec. 5, 8 p.m. 2011

Jane Birkin spent the coolest part of the 60s as one of the coolest models, actors, musicians, jet-setters, and sex symbols of the era. If she'd come along in the past decade or so, she'd have been eviscerated and left to rot by celebrity blogs. But she weathered her time in the spotlight with a grace that's made her an icon, and since then she's inspired one of the most important accessories in the past several decades of fashion design (the immortal Birkin bag by Hermes chairman Jean-Louis Dumas), given birth to Charlotte Gainsbourg, and served as jerk-off material for several generations of style-conscious hipsters. Oh, and she's put out some records. This set, for which she's backed by a Japanese band, is billed as a tribute to Serge Gainsbourg, and it's sure to include many of the classics she produced during the peak of her creative and romantic collaboration with him; I'd expect to hear some of her solo material too. But 40-some years down the line, the real draw is still just being in the same room as Jane Birkin. —Miles Raymer

Price: $30, $25 in advance.

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