Louis Bertignac: “Phone ruined my life with Corinne, my first love”

His authorship:“I took it to write this book as if we were telling stories to a friend. I told what I experienced while avoiding hurting the friends who are in the story. With the sole ambition of being sincere. I do not know , how to invent, play a character. “
His memories:“I was not used to writing until now, as I have never kept a diary. But returning to the memories has been a beautiful journey. At first I did not think I had so many. When the machine started, it never stopped.”
His views on life: Louis Bertignac writes that “playing music is a game.” He adds: “Life tends to be something more serious, but I think it’s still a game. We play it as a pinball game, as the song says. We do not know where it’s going, otherwise go on. For to play.”

What would he say to God? “If I met God, I would say ‘thank you’ to him, because this life is quite enviable. And if he asked me if I would like to live the same thing again, I would say ‘yes’ to him. No regret. I like this story. In any case, I would not give him a lesson. With God we crash. “Louis Bertignac in concert. Louis Bertignac personal collection.

“With Jacques Higelin, a great story happened”

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Bénabar, back on stage …

His relationship with his father:“He talked so much, just like my mother. Even though my father initially dreamed I would get a good job. He was proud of me from the success of Telefon. It reassured him. He told me that one day he went to the butcher “Order a roast. He asked him if his name had anything to do with Louis Bertignac de Telephone.”

His father’s disappearance: Louis Bertignac explains that he felt guilty for not having been there when he disappeared. The guitarist gave “two bad concerts in Shanghai”. “That’s right, but it’s hard. I have a friend who’s facing the same problem: his father, who lives in the south, has cancer, and he wants to see him when he leaves. He does not. “can not be with him all the time. I told him he should expect to die while he was away.”

His relationship with Jacques Higelin: The songwriter took a big step in his life by taking him into his band. “Buddy, big brother, second dad … I never knew where to put him. I think there’s the ‘Jacques Higelin box’. Just as much as I consider the musician-actor Jean-Pierre Kalfon as another father, Jacques, it’s different, can not be classified. A very special thing. Between us who were so different, a great story happened, he helped me a lot. Higelin represented an extra chance, after reassuring my parents. He was the one who gave me my first job.I earned my first money playing music, Jacques gave me confidence and encouraged me when I told him that I intended to start a band.He said to me: “I is sure you will succeed. “

With his friend Lionel Richie. Photo personal collection Louis Bertignac.

The evening when Louis Bertignac “blew up” the Moulins Theater in the air

“Reassemble the phone group? We’m not sure about anything”

On the telephone group: To the great regret of the fans, the cult group of the 70s and 80s will not reform. “I’ll not put Phone in my future. If you had asked me before we went up in Insus, I would have replied that I did not know anything about it. But hey, you are never sure of anything.” If Phone were to be summed up with a title, Louis Bertignac, “look not far. It would be Hygiafon, our first hit, our stage hit. We ended the concerts with that, and it excited everyone. “
His relationship to doping:“It was a lot about us; I did not dare to reject. I was sometimes in a bad state … but not so dirty. Because I was scared, I took it sparingly. Maybe it’s thanks to the” little story “lasted until.”

“My life was not ‘Sex, drugs and rock’n’roll’, but ‘Love, drugs and rock’n’roll!’

Louis Bertignac (empty)

His role as a coach in The Voice:The former jury member of the TF1 music program The Voice confides that he refused to sign a new season “because we only eliminated candidates”. “In the beginning, I liked the blind selections. I became friends with the singers in the competition that I defended. When the fights came, they had to be eliminated. It hurt me to get artists to work, which would then be eliminated. “For me, it’s up to the public to judge. It still made me laugh to make this program.”

His fans. “I have fans everywhere, from all eras: Telephone, the singer Bertignac, The voice, … There is a mix of all ages. During the broadcast of The voice, I walk with my wife in a public garden, and suddenly a dozen little girls run after me and shout, “It’s him, it’s him!” This did not happen to me in the days of the phone. In my audience, there are 12-year-old spectators. This is due to the effect The voice ! “

Louis Bertignac with his wife Laëtitia and their son Jack. Photo personal collection Louis Bertignac.

“Carla Bruni wrote all the lyrics for me for one of my albums. We remained friends.”

His first love: Corine Marienneau was his first big love, but also bassist and composer of Telephone. “Looking back, our story is pretty funny despite the screaming fights and his suicide attempts … After all these years, I think all these episodes were in the logic of things. We had a great love story, but I messed with Phone. This the group was first and foremost a friendship with my good friend, Jean-Louis (Jean-Louis Aubert, the group’s singer, editor’s note). Our relationship broke down a bit when I brought my wife back to the band. After the concert, I went home with my wife instead of partying. And then, after a few years, we did not have much to say to each other, Corinne and I, since we spent our days together. “

His collaboration with Carla Bruni.Louis Bertignac produced the singer’s first album, Someone told me, in 2002. “She had written and composed amazing songs. At least it would have been a hit, with or without me. I was happy to play instruments or play violins. Musically we were complementary.” When they meet, the two worlds are intertwined. “Very quickly, I discovered that Carla was a beautiful person and an amazing musician. She wrote all the lyrics for me for one of my albums. We remained friends.”

His wife : “She’s the ideal woman … but do not tell her too much! She has a side that captured me, namely to love me and wanted me from the first day we met. While I have a number of years difference with her, Laëtitia immediately knew she wanted me. With her, I feel in paradise. “

Their children : “With them I’m a little gaga, just like my parents were. As soon as my youngest, Jack, comes down a flight of stairs, I’m scared. So I look elsewhere. If he wants to be a singer, he will” I will do, as he wills. So far, he thinks he’s a paleontologist. “

Her dreams:“Seeing my kids grow up and eventually become grandparents. And then let it all go on like this.”

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