Did Jean-Michel Jarre tamper with his biography?
The electro musician claims to have spent two years at the Musical Research Group, where he rubbed shoulders with great masters, such as Pierre Henry or Karlheinz Stockhausen. An assertion that somewhat annoyed Michel Chion, himself a composer and biographer of Pierre Henry.
"If we want to understand the artistic itinerary of Jean-Michel Jarre, it is essential to take a detour through his two years (1969 to 1971) at the Musical Research Group (GRM)", where the future electro musician "crossed the road of Pierre Henry”. This is what we can read on the page of the first “Hyper Weekend Festival” organized at the end of January by Radio France, and of which Jean-Michel Jarre was a star guest. It is an understatement to say that this story was not to the taste of Michel Chion, composer of concrete music and biographer of Pierre Henry, who made it known before the event in a vitriolic open letter entitled "JMJ in the country of the GRM, a fairy tale". “Jean-Michel Jarre, a composer who has everything, popularity and wealth, and that on a planetary scale, thinks that he just has to arrange his biography and invent what apparently – I am astonished – he suffers from not having had, whereas it should be indifferent to him: membership, formerly, in an old institution founded in 1958 by Pierre Schaeffer”.
If he was indeed a “student” at the GRM electroacoustics course, like Michel Chion, Jarre junior was never a “member”, unlike his former comrade. "Your imagined stay at the GRM as a member is all the more a fairy tale in that, according to you, you would have met only stars of contemporary music there: Stockhausen (whom I have never seen at the GRM), Pierre Henry (who hadn't been part of it for a long time)...", still annoys Michel Chion, who remembers that his classmate, in 1971, nevertheless held Schaeffer's laboratory for "a group outdated and under -team ".
Source: https://www.diapasonmag.fr/a-la-une/jea ... 23079.html