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Good music shops in Paris

PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:57 pm
by alex stewart
can anybody give me any hot tips about good recorded music shops in Paris?

I have a few hours to waste there on Friday and a spot of shopping would be just the job!

Thanks in advance.
Alex

Re: Good music shops in Paris

PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:45 pm
by Ian A.
alex stewart wrote:can anybody give me any hot tips about good recorded music shops in Paris?

I have a few hours to waste there on Friday and a spot of shopping would be just the job!


A few hours might not be enough time to wander the streets of Barbès (18th, metro Barbès Rochechouart or Chateau Rouge) where you'll find loads of West and North African shops that sell music alongside cloth, food, cosmetics etc but that's a great experience.

If you just want a big one-stop that has a very large world music selection (particularly strong on Francophone countries of course) and usually lots you can listen to on headphones, the big FNAC in the shopping mall at Les Halles (1st, metro Halles or Chatelet) was usually good for emptying your wallet. I say "was" as it's a year since I've been. Recommend you to pick up the new Rokia Traore which isn't out here til August.

Not sure of the current state of the Virgin Megastore in Ave de Champs Elysees - i.e. whether it has been Zavvi-ed . It used to have a big world music selection too, maybe still does, though FNAC was always marginally better.

Re: Good music shops in Paris

PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:56 pm
by Papa M
Ian A. wrote:Not sure of the current state of the Virgin Megastore in Ave de Champs Elysees - i.e. whether it has been Zavvi-ed . It used to have a big world music selection too, maybe still does, though FNAC was always marginally better.


Gibert Joseph on the Rive Gauche (on Bld St Michel near Bld St. Germain) is probably the best bet for Mainstream World Music. It is also great for Jazz.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:11 pm
by davidt
Here's a great guitar shop open in the afternoon.

http://www.rfcharle.com

Also has a selection of gyspy jazz CDs.

Check the location on their website as Galerie Vero Dodat isn't on some maps. It's walkable from FNAC.

or nip into a church and listen to some wonderful French organ music.

Enjoy your trip

David

PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:12 pm
by alex stewart
Thanks guys for the details and the Rokia tip from Ian. I will try for Barbes but maybe next time!

PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:46 pm
by Papa M
alex stewart wrote:I will try for Barbes but maybe next time!


Watch out for the kids on the Metro lines near Barbes. Hold on to your camera and bags real tight.

Re: Good music shops in Paris

PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:01 am
by Con Murphy
Ian A. wrote:If you just want a big one-stop that has a very large world music selection (particularly strong on Francophone countries of course) and usually lots you can listen to on headphones, the big FNAC in the shopping mall at Les Halles (1st, metro Halles or Chatelet) was usually good for emptying your wallet.


And there's a very good one near the Montparnasse tower as well - Rue de Rennes. Just in case that's nearer for you.


EDIT:

What's more, look who's there on Friday (if my A Level French serves me right!):-

http://tinyurl.com/3qy3mt

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:35 pm
by Alan Balfour
Don't know if this is of any help but France's soul/R&B/blues magazine, Soul Bag, has on its web site a list of record shops which stock the magazine throughout France

http://www.soulbag.presse.fr/index.php? ... diffuseurs

If you scroll down you'll come to the Paris record shops.

Soul Bag celebrates its 40th birthday later this year and until recently for 25 of those years ran their own record shop, Boogie. Unfortunately a combination of Amazon France and downloading put paid to their enterprise...but I digress

PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:50 pm
by alex stewart
Merci beaucoup mes amis!

All of a sudden an embarassment of shopping riches, I'm only there for the day with a meeting to attend,curses!!
Still FNAC for now and a huge excuse to go again.
I will miss Rachid Taha too as that is my train back time, still he was a great support act for Jamie and I when we played Musicport last year :wink:

A bientot
Alex

PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 3:49 pm
by joel
Bit late, but the bookshop of l'institute du monde arabe near le jardin des plantes & rue monge is a (compact) treasure trove of Arab music. It's the best place to find the institute's own IMA imprint for starters.

PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 4:48 pm
by Papa M
joel wrote:Bit late, but the bookshop of l'institute du monde arabe near le jardin des plantes & rue monge is a (compact) treasure trove of Arab music. It's the best place to find the institute's own IMA imprint for starters.


Nice place for a coffee too!

PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:46 am
by joel
Papa M wrote:Nice place for a coffee too!

thé a la menthe in the courtyard of the grand mosquée over the road...