Messages from fans of Johnny Hallyday join the national Archives

Soon sacralized in the streets of Paris with a plaza in his name, Johnny made his entrance into the National Archives. 40.000 messages, admirers and anonymous t

Messages from fans of Johnny Hallyday join the national Archives

Soon sacralized in the streets of Paris with a plaza in his name, Johnny made his entrance into the National Archives. 40.000 messages, admirers and anonymous the singer joined the 250 km of shelving of the institution to the sides of the diary of Louis XVI, the Oath of the jeu de Paume in 1789 and of the archives of Simone Veil, according to information from Paris .

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declarations Of love, pictures and drawings of the rocker disappeared... All of these messages are drawn out of the 54 pounds of gold open in homage to Johnny Hallyday, shortly after his death in 2017. Fans come mainly from the North and the South-East of France were obliged to affix their words and their signatures in these books of the memory, sheltered within the walls of the church of the Madeleine. In this building, in the VIIIe arrondissement of Paris that are now held twice a year for the masses on the occasion of the birthday of the singer, and the date of his funeral.

"I want to tell you just thank you"

"fans are also a part of their life, they tell anecdotes and encounters. These are individual messages moving all of which is a memorial group. A form of enshrinement popular, canonization, spontaneous," observes in The Parisian Yann Potin, historian and responsible of study at the department of culture at the national Archives, to the origin of the transaction.

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A metre of documents admirers of Johnny Hallyday, divided between three boxes, waiting for the moment in the office of the historian to be stored in work folders. "I want to tell you just thank you," is it inscribed on one of the pages of the records of the church, in a message addressed to "stage beast". "We will not cease to listen to you sing," write to other fans.

"all of these messages contributes to the identity of the nation"

Yann Potin, historian,

The idea to collect these words of admiration sprouted in the mind of the priest Bruno Horaist in December 2017, in the face of hundreds of thousands of anonymous who came to pay tribute to the singer disappeared during his funeral. Due to the lack of burial of Johnny, whose body was buried in Saint-Barthélemy, the fans have started to file papers, messages, in the church of the Madeleine.

A book of condolences and gifts to fans during a ceremony in tribute to Johnny Hallyday, the April 9, 2018 at the church of the Madeleine in Paris. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

Bruno Horaist has therefore decided to open a register so that everyone can insert their message and to bring together all these testimonies of grief and affection. 53 other books will follow, filled in by the fans over the masses dedicated to the memory of Johnny.

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These archives commemorative will be available free of charge and free access, as soon as health conditions permit. "The whole partakes of the identity of the nation," says Yann Potin, who is now trying to collect the books of condolence official, signed by personalities and presidents of the Republic. A nice birthday gift for the Taulier, who would have celebrated his 77 years on 15 June.

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