Jean Michel Jarre Biography
Jean Michel Jarre was born in, 4th arrondissement of Lyon, Lyon, France as Jean-Michel André Jarre. He is a French composer, performer and record producer. He is a pioneer in the electronic, ambient and new-age genres, and known for organizing outdoor spectacles featuring his music, vast laser displays, and fireworks.
Jean Michel Jarre Age
Jean-Michel André Jarre was born on 24 August 1948 in Lyon, France. He is 70 years as of 2018.
Jean Michel Jarre Family
Jean-Michel Jarre was born in Lyon on 24 August 1948, to Francette Pejot, a French Resistance member and concentration camp survivor, and composer Maurice Jarre.
Jean Michel Jarre Height
Jean-Michel André Jarre stands at 1.8 m tall.
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Jean Michel Jarre Career
Jean-Michel André Jarre released his debut single ‘La Cage’, in 1971. The following year, he released his debut studio album ‘Deserted Palace’. However, it failed to earn popularity and didn’t make much of an impact in his career. His second album ‘Les Granges Brûlées’ which was released in 1973, didn’t fare well either.
As his first two albums didn’t do well, Jarre continued to struggle. His third album ‘Oxygène’ (1976) however, became a huge hit and made him popular on an international level. It peaked at No. 1 in the French Albums Chart. It also entered the Top 10 in charts in several countries such as Austria, Germany, Sweden and the UK. It managed to enter the US Billboard 200 as well, where it stood at 78th position. It received mixed reviews from critics.
Two years later, he released ‘Équinoxe’, his fourth studio album. It also did well, though it wasn’t as much of a success as his previous album. Over the next few years, the sales of his third and fourth album continued to grow worldwide.
In 1979, he entered the Guinness Book of World Records for having the largest number of spectators ever at an open-air concert. The concert, which was held at Place de la Concorde in Paris, drew more than a million people.
In 1981, Jean-Michel André Jarre was invited to China to perform at the Les Concerts en Chine. He was apparently the first Westerner to have received this invitation. His performance was much loved by the people.
Throughout the ensuing years, he continued to release studio albums, such as ‘Musique pour Supermarché’, (1983) ‘Rendez-Vous’ (1986) and ‘En attendant Cousteau’ (1990).
In 1986, his live performance ‘Rendez-vous Houston’ was attended by nearly 1.5 million people. Thus, he entered the Guinness Book of World Records again by breaking his previous record. He broke the record once again in 1990 when his concert Paris La Defense was attended by 2.5 million.
He entered the Guinness Book of Records again in 1997, after breaking his own record for the third time, after his concert in Moscow was attended by 3.5 million.
In 1997, he released ‘Oxygène 7–13’ or ‘Oxygène 2’, which was the sequel to his third studio album ‘Oxygène’. Over the following years, he released several more albums such as ‘Metamorphoses’ (2000), ‘Geometry of Love (2003), and ‘Teo &Tea’ (2007).
Jean Michel Jarre Net Worth
Jean Michel Jarre has an estimated net worth of 245 million dollars.
Jean Michel Jarre Songs
- Oxygène (Part IV)
- Equinoxe (Part V)
- Magnetic Fields (Part I)
- Arpegiateur (Live)
- Blah Blah Cafe
- Quatrième Rendez-Vous (Live in Lyon)
- Revolution, Revolutions
- Immortals (with Fuck Buttons)
- Exit (with Edward Snowden)
Jean Michel Jarre Oxygene
Oxygène was Jean-Michel Jarre first mainstream 1976 album.
Jean Michel Jarre Equinoxe
Équinoxe is the fourth studio album by French electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre, it was released in December 1978.
Jean Michel Jarre Equinoxe Infinity
Equinoxe Infinity is the twentieth studio album by composer Jean-Michel Jarre, released on 16 November 2018 by Columbia Records.
Jean Michel Jarre Zoolook
Zoolook is the seventh studio album by French electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre, released on the Disques Dreyfus label in 1984.
Jean Michel Jarre Magnetic Fields
Les Chants Magnétiques is the fifth studio album by Jean-Michel Jarre, released on Disques Dreyfus on 22 May 1981.
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Jean Michel Jarre Interview
Published: November 27, 2018
My parents split up when I was five and my dad went to America.
I had very few contacts with him in my life. It’s very strange and sad in a way – he was a composer and… we missed each other actually. For a teenager, it’s very difficult… if you’re in open conflict with your dad you have someone to rebel against and that can be good. When you have nobody it’s like a black hole. It’s very difficult to go through it and I really suffered quite a lot about that. I carried a sense of melancholia because of his absence. This is the reason why I refused so many soundtracks because I saw that as my dad’s territory and I didn’t want to be involved in it. It was sad and silly.
My mum was an extraordinary person.
She was a great figure in the French Resistance and she was in a deportation camp. She raised me with this idea that you should make a difference between ideology and the people, so for instance between the Nazis and the German people. That was not a common vision in those days. She taught me about having an independent mind, doing what I thought was right and fair. She was very fun and very open-minded and I owe her a lot. I just heard last week my home town of Leon has decided to give her name to a street. Of course, I’m very touched by that. She would say she doesn’t deserve it but she does and I’m very proud.
I was caught up in the middle of the student revolution
[Jarre was 19 at the height of the revolt in 1968]. I went to university not to get a job, just to feed my curiosity. In Paris, it was so hectic and chaotic that you could actually twist and hijack the system, and that was very interesting to me starting out my life as a musician. It gave me the idea to rebel against the establishment of classical music and even of rock music. Rock music, bands like The Beatles, had a very established format by then, and I was already experimenting with what was regarded as not real instruments. ‘What is this silly kind of noisy box?’ ‘What are you doing?’ Electronic music was really breaking down the barriers at that time. The musique concrète movement was revolutionary, saying, we don’t do notes based on the usual system. We go out and record the sound of the wind and the rain.
I had the privilege to be there at the beginning of a movement.
I was able to open doors on virgin territory, I didn’t have anybody behind me who had done the same thing. A young DJ starting now has 30 years of electronic music behind him. I had this mixture of innocence and audacity, just experimenting, not thinking of doing it for a living, just motivated by passion, by addiction. All my early music, including Oxygène, was rejected by music companies who said, “What is this music? He has no drummer, he has no singer, this track lasts 10 minutes, it’s not formatted for radio… and from an Anglo-Saxon point of view, on top of all of that, he’s French!” So it was quite a challenge. Of course, after the huge success of Oxygène [the breakthrough third album sold around 12 million], the people forgot all that and they all said, of course, it was easy for him. I’m telling you, it was not easy.
When I had success it was so violent and so big it was almost abstract like it was happening to someone else.
The style of music I was doing was so different that I was considered almost like an alien. In a way that gave me a distance that helped me deal with it. No one from France had done anything like that. People like Johnny Hallyday were well known in France but not internationally. So that put me in a special situation. I have always been very special. Everything in my life has been unusual.
Of course, it was quite glamorous sometimes, especially in the Eighties, with these gigantic concerts and huge fame.
And of course, it makes family life a challenge. I tried to protect my children and I hope I succeeded, but that does affect your private life. You make a lot of new friends, but they are not really your friends, the kind who remain and stay in your life no matter what happens. Fame doesn’t really change anything but it creates a lot of fake friends.