The rocker publishes this Thursday the book “Pretty little story”, which looks back on the great moments of his career.
A page in the history of French rock was written with Telephone, the flagship group of the 1970s and 80s, and Louis Bertignac put it on paper. An eminent member of the formation, which continued with a solo career, he publishes this Thursday his autobiography entitled nice little story, an obvious nod to their tube Cinderella.
The musician reveals the history of this cult group that he formed with Jean-Louis Aubert, Richard Kolinka, and Corine Marienneau, as well as the love story he lived with the latter. “I ruined that story by making a band with her,” he wrote in his book. He looks back on their conflicting relationship for BFMTV:
“We argued on the landing of a house and the neighbors called the cops, we got caught,” he recalls, hilarious. “In the van we continue to yell at each other, in the cell we continue to yell at each other (…) We find ourselves on the sidewalk of the police station, we continue to yell at each other…”
It also recounts the growing tensions within Phone and his desires for a solo career, which eventually led to the group splitting up in 1986. One day, they all met in a café:
“Corine tried to intervene, saying ‘listen guys, Louis is making his album, Telephone is taking a year off, and we’ll meet again next year’…”, says Louis Bertignac. And then Jean-Louis said no… (…) We said ‘well, then we’ll stop’. We hugged and said ‘goodbye, mate’.”
Louis Bertiganc then continues with a new adventure, the Bertignac group and the visitors, which launches with the title These ideas. But the public does not immediately respond to the call:
“You realize that the rooms are much smaller, and that in addition they are three-quarters empty”, recalls Louis Bertignac. “You come out of a room of 5,000 people, you arrive in a room of 200 people, and there are 40 people in it (…) I was quite desperate, I didn’t know how it was going to evolve. And slowly, the halls started to fill up.”
Louis Bertignac of course found his audience afterward, which he also tells about in his book. Fans will find all the great episodes of his life there, from his beginnings with Jacques Higelin to his relationship with Carla Bruni, for whom he produced the album Someone told me.