The pigskin record bag... by Hermès! Source: French Vogue, december 1931 - Gallica.
Egyptian music on a beautiful brown wax needle-cut Pathé from the mid 1920's.
Blues 78s are really hard to find in France but I had the chance to buy a small bunch of them from the family of a former French jazz musician who got them in the U.S.
A portrait of Tunisian singer Habiba Messika on the cover of Nice-based magazine "L'Éclaireur du dimanche" in 1929, one year before she was tragically murdered by her former lover. Messika was singing in an oriental cabaret in Nice called "L'Oriental" at that time. Source: L'Éclaireur du dimanche, February 3rd, 1929 - Gallica. Her voice can be … Continue reading When Habiba Messika was singing in Nice
Funny picture of American pianist and bandleader Billy Arnold. Source: La Rampe, March 1st 1926 - Gallica.
... how about digging in digital libraries? Paris Saint-Ouen flea market photographed byAndré Zucca in 1941. A record on the rare early 1910's French label "La Semeuse" can be seen on the second picture. Source : André Zucca / Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris / Roger-Viollet (Photo 1/Photo 2).
Parisians discovering Edison's phonograph at the Exposition Universelle of 1889. Source: Collection Jaquet de gravures extraites de périodiques et de journaux illustrés du XIXe siècle - Gallica.
In the early 1930's, the French edition of Vogue included a column on newly published records featuring great illustrations by Swiss and French artists Herbert Libiszewski, aka Libis (1897-1985) and Raymond de Lavererie (1901-1956). Here is a small selection. Source: Gallica. November 1931 - http://c.bnf.fr/fMv May 1930 - http://c.bnf.fr/fMH June 1933 - http://c.bnf.fr/fME June 1930 - … Continue reading Gorgeous illustrations from the 1930’s issues of French Vogue
A few months ago, I had the chance to meet the French ethnomusicologist Gilbert Rouget in his apartment in Paris. Rouget joined Paris Musée de l'Homme in 1942 as the assistant to André Schaeffner and was appointed Head of the Ethnomusicology department in 1965. His most famous work is his book "Music and Trance" ("La … Continue reading In the footsteps of the Ogooué-Congo Mission
A large collection of early record catalogues is available on The British Library's website. I was invited to write a guest post about it for the BL's Sound and Vision blog. Follow this link to read it. Thanks to Jonathan Ward and Suresh Chandvankar for their help and to Andrea Zarza Canova for the invitation!