Author, like his Canadian hero Neil Young, of a prolific body of work with some twenty studio albums, equally sensitive to the landscape, animals and natural elements to the point of offering a French- or Auvergne-style variation of country-rock, Jean-Louis Murat died suddenly, Thursday, May 25, at his home in Douharesse, in the town of Orcival (Puy-de-Dôme), in the Auvergne Volcanoes Natural Park. The 71-year-old singer and musician suffered a cardiac arrest after being awakened by severe pain in his leg. The intervention of the SAMU could not save him. Of a complex nature, both taciturn and joking, Murat had recently been tested by the loss of his mother and the divorce from his wife.
With him disappears one of the strongest and most controversial personalities of the French scene, who had used provocation from his first 45-laps., Kill yourself the people are dead (1981), heir to the darkness and misanthropy of Gérard Manset. Paid the cost of his hardly brotherly gall Les Enfoirés, Renaud and Michel Polnareff (qualified diplomatically as “big jerk”), the icons Johnny Hallyday and Jean-Jacques Goldman, or as innocent victims as Alain Souchon and Laurent Voulzy. Cash to excess, Murat had quickly understood that his voice would carry in the media system only with the clash. At the risk that we don’t talk about his music.
His tongue of viper made him a sought-after client of television sets. He had no desire to please and succeeded in making as many enemies as admirers, charmed by his poetic vein and his refusal to respect the rules of show business. “We lived with him. We often argued, but what fun we had », remembers Didier Veillaud, director of La Coopérative de mai, the contemporary music venue in Clermont-Ferrand. Others exercise this profession as office workers, Murat wrote, sang, played and recorded as one breathes.
A taste for poetry and writing
Jean-Louis Bergheaud was born on January 28, 1952 in Chamalières (Puy-de-Dôme), a town which was to acquire national notoriety twenty-two years later, when its mayor, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, declared himself a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic. His origins immediately tie a double attachment, to craftsmanship by his carpenter father and his seamstress mother, to this Auvergne terroir of which he never ceased to praise the harshness and beauty. His artist name comes from the village of Murat-le-Quaire, where his grandparents owned a farm. Later he will write The Shepherd of Chamablanc And At Mount Sans-Soucia summer camp center in La Bourboule.
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