Gilbert Marouani, French Music Publisher, Dies at 83

He was music supervisor on Nick Cassavetes' 'Unhook the Stars' and consulted on David Lynch's 'Dune' and Milos Forman's 'Ragtime.'

Gilbert Marouani, the veteran French music publisher behind icons like Jacques Brel and Johnny Hallyday, died Tuesday. He was 83.

His death, reported Friday in the publication Le Film Francais, came after a long illness.

Marouani, brother of veteran French music producer Charley Marouani, was born in January 1933 in Tunisia. He launched Nouvelles Editions Eddie Barclay in Paris in 1964, where he published music by figures like Brel and Hallyday. Marouani also brought his music talents to Hollywood in the 1980s, where he was a music consultant on Milos Forman's Ragtime, Damiano Damiani's Amityville 2: The Possession, Franco Zeffirelli's La Traviata, Richard Lester's Conan the Destroyer and David Lynch's Dune.

He was also music supervisor on Nick Cassavetes' Unhook the Stars, starring Gena Rowlands, Marisa Tomei and Gerard Depardieu. French music composer Didier Marouani on Thursday took to Twitter to pay tribute to his uncle: "My very first song composed and published at 10 years old, dedicated to my uncle Gilbert Marouani, called 'Tino,' who left us 2 days ago. Thank you uncle for having guided me for so long."

Patrick Wachsberger, co-chair of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, on Friday offered his own tribute to his longtime friend in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "He [Marouani] was very talented, very well read and a fantastic entrepreneur who successfully followed a long family tradition of music impresarios. He will be missed."

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