July 21, 1969, 3h56: a man poses for the first time the foot on the Moon. For the composer Jean-Michel Jarre, this date is "founder" of a spirit of exploration of the future. He tells in the unpublished series "3:56, the first man on the moon".
July 21, 1969, 3h56: a man poses for the first time the foot on the Moon. Jean-Michel Jarre prepared the event with members of his band. "We were in the garage where we were repeating, not far from home, and we decided to play a game of ping-pong painting the ball like the moon," he recalls. On returning, the composer improvises while looking at the images of the moon ...
Space will never stop influencing the musician's career. Nearly twenty years later, he is experiencing a tragedy with the death of his friend Ron Mc Nair in the Challenger shuttle explosion. The astronaut had to perform a piece of saxophone from space during one of his concerts ... The show, held in Houston for the 25th anniversary of NASA, is still held. "I was on the list of people who could leave," says Jean-Michel Jarre.
Fly me to the moon, Space oddity, Moonhead ... The songs evoking the moon and the trip of 1969 are legion. Jean-Philippe Balasse, journalist at Europe 1, evokes in counterpoint the musical aspect of this historical event.
And if Jean-Michel Jarre had gone to the moon, what would he have said instead of Neil Armstrong? "I could not beat the extraordinary phrase he said unconsciously and will remain in the story," smiles the musician.
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