The “Château d’Hérouville”

In 1962, Michel Magne, musician and composer, who became famous after composing the original music for films such as Les Tontons flingueurs, Mélodie en sous-sol, the “Angélique” series or the “Fantômas” series, buys the “Château d’Hérouville”.

It is a castle located at 1h30 from Paris, which, in the 70s, became a place for great parties and a mythical audio recording place. Among those who recorded their music there, we can find the Bee Gees, Elton John, Pink Floyd, David Bowie

Château d'Hérouville - Gates

“The entrance gate to the Château d’Hérouville, dating from the 18th century, which was a “residential studio” for famous French and international artists in the 1970s”- Credits: Wiki Commons

Here are a few projects recorded in the “Château d’Hérouville”: 

Most the time the recording sessions were supervised by the well-known audio engineering specialist Dominique Blanc Francard.

Chateau Hérouville
Chateau Herouville Artists Residence
Chateau Herouville Bowie
Chateau Herouville Recording Room
Chateau Herouville Mixing Desk
Grateful Dead Concert Chateau Hérouville

The castle is also a great place of celebration where many artistic performances take place.
In 1971 a memorable concert of Grateful Dead took place there where they served Hashich pastries to the villagers -without telling anyone-.

Recently, Yann Le Quellec & Romain Ronzau released a comic book entitled “Les Amants d’Hérouville”  (Hérouville’s lovers) for those who might be interested to learn more about this extraordinary place!

Les Amants d'Hérouville BD

The castle has changed owners a few times but is still alive and often dedicated to creation and art. As with Melody Gardot or Asaf Avidan who came to perform there during the last years with Arte Concert.

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