Books: Three publications dedicated to Jean-Louis Murat

Books: Three publications dedicated to Jean-Louis Murat
Books: Three publications dedicated to Jean-Louis Murat

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Three books celebrate the Auvergne that disappeared a year ago. In particular The Days of the Jaguar, a real mine of information.

Jean-Louis Murat in concert at the Bicubic in Romont, in 2006. © Charly Rappo-archives

Jean-Louis Murat in concert at the Bicubic in Romont, in 2006. © Charly Rappo-archives

Published on 05/24/2024

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

This May 25, 2023, the weather was fine, reasonably warm. One of those spring days when nothing bad could happen. At least that’s what we thought until the cell phone vibrated. A message from a friend from Auvergne sharing the report from a local newspaper: the singer Jean-Louis Murat is dead. First, we didn’t feel anything, we didn’t understand the information, even though it was so explicit. The astonishment probably before the heart shatters. Murat? Dead? That does not make any sense…

A year later, the suffering remains. By diving back into his discography with tears in our eyes, we understood that time is not likely to erase anything in this matter.

This Saturday, on the stage of the Coopérative de Mai in Clermont-Ferrand, a sold-out evening (filmed by Laetitia Masson) will see Jeanne Cherhal, Morgane Imbeaud, Florent Marchet, Alex Beaupain, Frédéric Lo, JP Nataf, The Delano Orchestra, Nicola Sirkis from Indochina and many other artists who came to pay tribute to Jean-Louis.

We couldn’t have hoped for better for those who wish to know more about the shepherd poet of the Col de la Croix-Morand

At the same time, in addition to a limited vinyl edition of Acacia scent in the garden (live in studio from 2003), three books look back on the destiny of this extraordinary individual. Well-researched books, written with fervor by enthusiasts. Roman crowd by Antoine Couder (Editions Le Boulon) and The Undone Link by Franck Vergeade (Editions Séguier) will warm the hearts of aficionados but THE Days of the Jaguar by Pierre Andrieu (Le Boulon) is undoubtedly the most accessible of the lot. A true bible, notably illustrated by photos of the various Auvergne landscapes which haunt the prodigy’s songs.

We couldn’t have hoped for better for those who wish to know more about the shepherd poet of the Col de la Croix-Morand. From the prologue written by Jennifer Charles, singer of the New York group Elysian Fields and accomplice on various legendary titles, the emotional intensity is there. Through the testimonies of loyal collaborators such as Denis Clavaizolle, we rediscover the astonishing journey of the great, restless beast. Little joys erase pain and make memories shine.

>Pierre Andrieu, Days of the JaguarEd. Le Bolon.Antoine Couder, Jean-Louis Murat – Roman CrowdEd. Le Bolon.Franck Vergeade, The Undone LinkEd. Séguier.

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