Bataclan attacks: Our French correspondent reflects on a national tragedy24 November 2015
By Guillaume J. Schouker
“All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travellers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems… But all these stars are silent. You, you alone will have stars as no one else has them…
“In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars will be laughing when you look at the sky at night… You, only you, will have stars that can laugh! And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me… You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure… It will be as if, in place of the stars, I had given you a great number of little bells that knew how to laugh…”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
The worldwide media has spread the news. Friday 13 November 2015: Paris, internationally known as the City of Light, was turned into a city of sadness following the terrorist attacks in different locations across the French capital and its nearby suburbs. A total of 130 people were fatally wounded and more than 350 injured.
The 1,600sqm Le Bataclan concert hall in the 11th district of Paris was the site of a dreadful attack in which 89 persons were killed during a concert by Californian rock band Eagles of Death Metal. Le Bataclan from the front (pictured) looks like a real Chinese pagoda (something that contributed to its recognition as an historic monument 130 years after its creation) and no one would have thought that such a popular place for all sorts of bands and music, one which has gathered so many people together across many generations, would be picked as a location for an act of terrorism.
From the entire team at PSNEurope, we want to express our deepest condolences to everyone who has lost a close relative, dear friend or relation. We also want to honour the memory of everyone who lost their life that night, including the ones who were part of our family: the pro-audio, music and recording communities, united in their love of music.
Pierre-Yves Guyomard, 43, and Anne Cornet, 29
After completing his studies at the École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle (ESRA; Higher School of Audiovisual Production), Pierre-Yves Guyomard (pictured) began his career in 1992 as a recording engineer in several recording studios and post-production facilities. He then became front-of-house engineer at Le Plan, in Ris-Orangis, on the outskirts of Paris, and mixed a great number of both French and international, mostly indie, artists and bands.
He has contributed to the live sound of artists such Maceo Parker, Tanger and Noir Désir, and contributed as a recording engineer to the most recent Christophe album. He joined the Institut Supérieur des Techniques du Son (ISTS; Higher Institute of Sound Techniques), part of the ESRA group, in 2005 as a teacher in live sound and sound reinforcement.
He met Anne Cornet, a student at ISTS, in 2008, and they were married in 2013.
Max Azoulay, the ESRA group’s managing director, says Guyomard was “much appreciated by his students for his professionalism and his undoubted mastery of sound engineering and PA systems” and “will be missed by his colleagues, the school and his students”.
Thomas Ayad, 32
Thomas Ayad (pictured above with Keith Richards) was project manager at Mercury/Universal Music France. He started his career as an intern at V2 Music.
Guillaume Barreau-Decherf, 43
Guillaume B. Decherf was journalist for Les Inrockuptibles magazine. For two years, from 1997 until 1999, he studied journalism at the École Supérieure de Journalisme in Lille, before becoming a freelance music writer, also contributing to Rolling Stone, Metro and Géo Ado.
From 2005–06 he was editor-in-chief at Hard Rock Mag. In 2010, he wrote a biography on French band Indochine, Pas de repos pour l’aventurier (No Rest for the Adventurer).
Nick Alexander, 36
From Colchester in the UK, Nick Alexander was in charge of merchandising for Eagles of Death Metal.
When he was younger, he had hosted ‘Club Night Music’ at Colchester Arts Centre.
Manu Perez, 40
Manu Perez entered Universal as an intern at Polydor International Marketing, working with artists such as Queens of the Stone Age, Marilyn Manson, Eminem and 50 Cent. He then moved to Universal Music France’s Barclay label on 15 November 2003 as press attaché.
He returned to Polydor on 1 January 2006 as a project manager, and later an A&R man, and had collaborated with Michel Polnareff, Axel Bauer, Emily Loizeau, Arthur H and François Morel.
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye…”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Bataclan photo: Jeanne Menj