Paris has a vibrant secondhand document scene, with shops all around the metropolis stocking uncommon vinyl of all the things from Ghanaian Highlife to calypso, basic chansons françaises – Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, Georges Brassens, Serge Gainsbourg – plus digital music and techno. With a brand new exhibition, Music Migrations (, till 5 January 2020), devoted to the multicultural influences that reworked the Paris and London music scenes from the 1960s to the 80s, it is a good time to find the highest disquaires unearthed by native DJ and document seller, Gwen Jamois.
Balades Sonores
The 11th and 12th arrondissements would be the new centre for document shops, however the Paris music scene was once centred throughout city, slightly below Montmartre within the Anvers neighbourhood. Right this moment, everybody’s favorite spot there’s Balades Sonores, which is packed to bursting with vinyl, CDs, cassettes, plus much more – ceramics, recycled designer garments, handmade footwear, books, artwork and photograph exhibitions. You surprise how anybody finds something, although this might clarify its recognition with diggers seeking to uncover a priceless gem. Thomas Changeur based the primary retailer seven years in the past, increasing subsequent door in 2015. One part specialises in pop, rock and a wide array of French artists, whereas the opposite is extra eclectic: new recordings and reissues of little-known world music, jazz, funk and digital. Each Thursday at 7.30pm there’s a dwell showcase occasion.• 1-Three Avenue Trudaine, ninth arrondissement, Metro: Anvers
Large Wax

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This brilliant, trendy retailer, opened final 12 months, is run by three younger fanatics, Edouard, Dave and Gregory, who in addition to being disquaires are part-time DJs, document producers, studio engineers, musicians and radio broadcasters. The spacious location can be used for normal occasions showcasing new releases, with DJ units and bands performing dwell. The venue is clearly for critical followers of digital music, what they name synth-based music, an umbrella time period encompassing home, techno, experimental and electro. However diggers can even discover a gold mine of uncommon collectables: Arab and Israeli sounds, Japanese, Somali …. Edouard says he needs “everybody that is available in to seek out one thing that catches their curiosity – that might imply paying 50 cents for an outdated single or €30 for considered one of our restricted editions re-pressed on the Large Wax label”.• 72 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 11th arr, Metro: Parmentier

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This store simply off Place de la République grew to become a cult deal with for second-hand data quickly after Manu Bouilli opened in 2009. Manu (pictured) made his title as a DJ, a producer for the likes of former Fela Kuti drums legend Tony Allen, and for working the famed Cithéa nightclub. Superfly is invariably stuffed with DJs and diggers looking by about 10,000 data. Manu says: “The gathering is basically uncommon black music – jazz, soul, reggae, Cuban, African, Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Brazil.” He additionally has a specialist label for reissues of hard-to-find Afro-Cuban recordings. These are pressed in Japan in restricted 1,000-copy batches: about 25 are issued annually, and almost all promote out instantly.• 53 rue Nôtre Dame de Nazareth, third arr, on Fb. Metro: Strasbourg-Saint-Denis
Vinyl Workplace

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The prime space for vinyl is between Place de la Bastille and Place de la Nation, on the border of the 11th and 12th arrondissements. One of the uncommon addresses is Vinyl Workplace, half disquaire, half leather-working studio. Fanatic vinyl collector Ronan Pierre (pictured) opened the store in 2008, initially specialising in rock, 1960s, punk and storage. However he says: “I bought fed up promoting all the time to the identical prospects, so now you discover all the things from movie sound tracks, French yé-yé, classical and oriental.” Just a few months in the past he cut up the area with leather-based craftsman Pierre Bonnaventure, who makes made-to-measure belts, buckles and pouches. Different close by addresses: Le Silence de la Rue, Heartbeat Vinyl, La Cuve à Son, a vinyl and wine store, and Citeaux Sphère, a disquaire bistro. • 9 rue Trousseau, 11th arr, Metro: Ledru-Rollin
Walrus Disquaire Cafe

Two minutes’ stroll from Gare du Nord, the Walrus is a cool hangout the place music-lovers can calm down in leather-based armchairs and drink craft beers, natural wine and barista espresso. They’ll then select one thing from the playlist on a cool jukebox in a 70s-style plastic telephone sales space, which performs all of the inventory on show within the store. Caroline Kutter and Julie David labored within the music part of the Fnac chain retailer earlier than opening Walrus, and though the say their choice is for Brit 1980s post-punk, there’s a various choice of vinyl and CDs, new and reissues, spanning blues and indie, experimental and cult French artists. There are common in-store occasions with French bands and DJs, in addition to Broc Vinyl each three months, when a dozen sellers arrange stands promoting classic data. • 34 rue de Dunquerque, 10th arr, Metro: Gare du Nord

The venerable Crocodisc is a Paris music establishment, opened in 1978 and nonetheless run by the ever-enthusiastic Philippe Soisson, within the coronary heart of the scholar quarter reverse the Sorbonne. Initially it solely dealt in secondhand data, however it’s now 50/50 new and outdated, although nonetheless basically vinyl, with a couple of CDs and cassettes for a small however rising minority market. It has expanded into two adjoining shops: one basically rock, folks and French bands; the opposite with extra funk, soul and an unbelievable assortment of uncommon world music. In complete, Philippe has a inventory of half 1,000,000 data, with as much as 60,000 on show. He says: “Our prospects have modified from being principally music-mad college students within the 80s to collectors, DJs and diggers on the lookout for the final word cut price within the €1 bins.”• 42 rue des Écoles, fifth arr, Metro: Maubert-Mutualité or Cluny-La Sorbonne
Mi-Fugue, Mi-Raisin

Close to the grand cafes and theatres of Montparnasse, Serge Ghanem opened this distinctive store in 2006, specialising in classical music, alongside an eclectic assortment of wines which might be basically natural, biodynamic and pure. An economist by career, he labored for a baroque music label, Alpha, earlier than opening the store. “Economically I knew we might by no means survive as a purely classical music boutique with a lot competitors from the web,” he mentioned, “however this wine and music combine definitely works for us.” The solely classical assortment is made up principally of latest pressings, and primarily CDs somewhat than vinyl, from the center ages to baroque and up to date, together with opera. As soon as a month, with well-known native bookseller Falado, he organises La Dive Observe, a classical recital with wine-tasting.• 36 rue Delambre, 14th arr, Metro: Edgar Quinet
Paris Jazz Nook

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This spot in a quiet nook of the Left Financial institution is simply what you’ll anticipate of a critical jazz boutique: nice music on the sound system, prospects talking in hushed tones, and extremely educated recommendation from the employees. Whereas many specialist jazz shops have disappeared, music lovers from world wide come right here to hunt out uncommon grooves, with a brand new era of consumers coming from China and Russia. The skilled who runs the shop is Maxime Hubert, who has labored right here because it opened in 1991; the precise proprietor, Arnaud Boubet, is predicated close to Montpellier, the place he has a second Jazz Nook disquaire, cafe and live performance venue. The 12,000 vinyls and CDs on show are a fraction of the entire assortment, and other than the core inventory of jazz and blues, it additionally options R&B, soul, latin and gospel.• 5 rue de Navarre, fifth arr, Metro: Place Monge

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The proprietor of this legendary reggae document retailer, Pierre Patate (pictured), has been promoting data and producing for his personal Belleville Worldwide label since 1992. The place seems to be extra like a junk store, with scores of cardboard bins filled with vinyl piled on high of one another. However that is the deal with for diggers, DJs and specialists on the lookout for reggae, roots and digital. He reckons the reggae scene is far more thrilling in France and Europe now than within the UK and even Jamaica. When he goes to London to see his common distributor, he will get quizzed on the most recent bands in France somewhat than vice versa – artists like Manudigital, Stand Excessive Patrol and Taïro. Patate additionally sells Rasta equipment – grinders, incense, hats – however warns: “Please don’t ask me for grass – you must get your personal!”• 57 rue de Charonne, 11th arr, Metro: Ledru-Rollin
Marché Dauphine

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Parisian flea markets could be a gold mine for classic vinyl, however few can evaluate to the hidden-away Dauphine part of the labyrinthine Marché de Clignancourt. Ten years in the past, a part of the primary ground was changed into a devoted music part and in the present day, with round 10 shops, that is the most important everlasting area promoting secondhand data in Europe. Monsieur Hichem, a pleasant part-time DJ, runs document label and vinyl stand Rocket Information, which specialises in rockabilly, though additionally, you will discover uncommon Alain Delon singles, Gainsbourg and naturally Johnny Hallyday. Eric Blaze has a a lot funkier area, Blazing Music, adorned with graffiti. He has simply come again from 20 years working at Academy Information in New York, and his specialities are first pressings of funk, hip-hop and disco, whereas subsequent door’s Panorama Information is the place for Latin, African, Oriental and experimental music.• 132-140 rue des Rosiers, Saint-Ouen. Metro: Porte de Clignancourt
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