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I just read at Le Monde about the death George Whitman, the man who opened the famous bookshop in front of the Notre Dame church. The small library, founded in 1951, was first called Le Mistral, but later changed its name to Shakespeare and Company. The change came from the desire to make a tribute to the famous old bookseller Sylvia Beach, who had created a bookstore at the beginning of the century that was a reference in English and American literature and that soon became a landmark in Paris.Sylvia’s address – 12, rue de l’Odéon – was closed during…

First of all I want to thank the talented Vincent Lefebvre for the beautiful Christmas illustration he so kindly created for the blog. Because nothing better than a stunning Christmas decoration to warm up this blog and share a little joy with the world. Thank you very much, Vincent. Next, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! And, since this blog is all about French Music, nothing better than that to celebrate this time of the year. I chose two songs from the Christmas compilation made by great Michel Legrand to share with you. And here they…

Yesterday, as I was waiting for the subway, I notice the Christmas campaign of the Galeries Laffayette. And, in the ad, no one less than Iggy Pop. After a quick Google search, I found a teaser with Iggy’s voice inviting people to buy Christmas presents at the famous French store. Who’d say that there would come the day when Iggy Pop would dress up as Santa to advertise in favor of a temple of the capitalism. Iggy Pop pour les Galeries Lafayette – Noël… par GaleriesLafayette And speaking of Iggy Pop and French culture, this post reminded me of two…

I was in Paris in the beginning of December and so I had the chance to see the latest show by Vincent Delerm. It was the first time I’ve ever seen Vincent Delerm live, so I was a little anxious, specially because in this case Memory wasn’t a regular music concert, but more of a theater play that features music.The show was held in a very cute Parisian venue called Les Bouffes du Nord, an amphitheater that reminds us of Shakespearean times. Not too big like any amphitheater, the place is a great choice because of its perfect cozy atmosphere. The…

A good friend of mine, french guy Benoit Loncan, decided to take some pictures of the city he lives (which happens to be the most beautiful city in the world). The result was so beautiful that I just couldn’t keep it to myself and I decided to share them here. To see the pictures of the City of Light, of course, a soundtrack is needed. Here’s a Gainsbourg song to go along the photos of Paris. Marilou Sous La Neige by Serge Gainsbourg on Grooveshark

People always ask me where to find a good compilation of French music. Of course, Paris has an atmosphere of love around it and if you go on Amazon, you are going to find a bunch of cheesy records filled with obvious romantic cliche songs played with the accordion for those people that want to buy not the real Paris, but what I like to call it the “Hollywood Paris”. But if you are a little more curious than that, and want to discover some real good French music, I got two records to recommend. The first one was released…

Very often people ask me why I chose this name for the blog and the reason is very simple: it’s the name of a classic French song. The original song is called “Sous le ciel the Paris” (which translates precisely as “Under Paris Skies) and was recorded by a lot of great people, like Édith Piaf and Yves Montand. Here are some of my favorite versions of it: