Entertainment Bowie, Elton John, T Rex, hosts of Michel Magne: the crazy history of the Château d'Urouville on comic

13:05  28 february  2021
13:05  28 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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David Bowie est venu enregistrer à plusieurs reprises au château d’Hérouville. © Romain Ronzeau / Delcourt David Bowie has come to record at the Château d'Hérouville on several occasions.

The film music composer Michel Magne (1930-1984) comes back to life in this pop fresco, in the heart of the incredible manor of Hérouville-en-Vexin (Val d´Oise), transformed into a recording studio.

Le compositeur Michel Magne avait le sens du spectacle, de la fête, et surtout de la mélodie. © Romain Ronzeau / Delcourt The composer Michel Magne had a sense of spectacle, of celebration, and above all of melody.

This man composed some 110 film scores. Symphonic tunes, pop, jazz, skated with unparalleled elegance. Michel Magne is the creator of haunting melodies - Les tontons flingueurs, Fantômas - or incredible atmospheres - Melodies in the basement, Killer compartment, A monkey in winter, etc.

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Michel Magne est né en 1930 et décédé en 1984. © DR / WEST FRANCE ARCHIVES Michel Magne was born in 1930 and died in 1984.

Always with this same energy, this extraordinary ability to create atmospheres, and this mischief always orchestrated with mastery.

From Elton John to David Bowie

Screenwriter Yann Le Quellec and designer Romain Ronzeau followed in the footsteps of this brilliant composer with infectious enthusiasm.

If they summarize most of his life in short sequences - his awakening to music, his romance with Sagan, his friendships with Vian, Prévert or Jean Yann, then his fall - they focus on the early 1970s

Michel Magne, at the height of his glory, then meets Marie-Claude, who will become his second wife. And he has a brilliant idea: to set up one, then several recording studios in the Château d'Hérouville, in the Paris region, which he bought a few years earlier.

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His insane bet rhymes with success. David Bowie, Elton John, Johnny Hallyday, Grateful Dead - for a memorable concert - Iggy Pop, T Rex and many more arrive at his property.

To work there, of course, but also to taste the joys of the swimming pool or the excellent table, under the leadership of Serge Moreau, a cook who recites his poems to guests.

A crazy epic, euphoric and creative

This handful of years, pop and psychedelic, is perfectly encapsulated in the pages of this comic dotted with real photos and articles retracing this crazy epic, euphoric and creative. Until the tumble, Michel Magne was more comfortable with piano notes than with fresh notes.

Memories of a happy, colorful and joyous time, in the heart of a mansion where the music of the 1970s coiled, prevail over nostalgia - like a forgotten perfume, which resurfaces from the past.

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