I was recently invited to make a lecture about early sound recordings in North Africa and the Middle East at Paris Music Library. For those who can understand French, the video of the lecture is now available online. Thanks to all those who helped me preparing my presentation: Jonathan Ward, Mehdi J Blige, Henri Chamoux, Will …
Nice Odéon advertisement from 1929. Source: Le Petit journal, December 24th, 1929 – Gallica.
“The Court concludes that it is urgent to forbid bad talking machines to deform the public’s artistic sense and unanimously sentences saphir machines to eternal silence“. Fascinating example of the commercial battle between the Gramophone Company and Pathé in France in the early 20th century! Source: Le Matin, January 26th, 1910 – Gallica.
An advertisement from 1907 for the French branch of the Edison Company. Source: Le Matin, December 5th, 1907 – Gallica
Interesting story: in 1928, two Opera artists take legal action against the French P.T.T. (Posts, Telegraphs and Telephons). Source: Le Petit Journal, December 24th, 1928 – Gallica.
A portrait of Swiss clown Grock in an advertisement from 1931 for Odéon records. Source: L’Intransigeant, June 26th, 1931 – Gallica.
While browsing Gallica, I came across this fascinating and very visionary text published in 1929 in French newspaper L’Intransigeant. Its author wonders about the future of phonograph and writes about music, cinema, radio, TV and… internet! Source: L’Intransigeant, October 21st, 1929 – Gallica