The Rough Guide to Paris begins with a 'Colour Section' on glossy paper consisting of an introduction, information on what to see and when to go, and twenty things not to miss. There are plenty of colour photographs as well as inserts on the Metro, the River Seine, and Paris climate. The names ... Read review
Cap at a rakish angle, Gitane hanging from the lip... As Guillaume Veillet's liner-note ... more
points out, Paris's most indigenous music may seem a trifle cosy, but The Rough Guide to Paris Café Music shows how wrong that prejudice is. Its origins may lie in the Auvergne, whose musicians played the smallpipes, but the biggest influence which fed into it came from Italy, whose "organetto" tradition is traced in Nascente's Bar Italia; the other big influence came from the gypsy world. The bal musette café ballroom was the melting-pot where the smallpipes gave way to the accordion and stars began to emerge. Emile Vacher and Charles Peguri were the founding fathers of this tradition, and they're both present on this entrancing new Rough Guide. We also hear Jean Corti, who played in a military brothel in the 1940s, and the drug-addicted Frehel, whose smoky tones are the authentic sound of the 1920s. The variety of styles in these 25 tracks is dazzling, with hot jazz alternating with modern cool and Django Reinhardt's son Babik beating up a lovely storm with the New Quintette du Hot Club de France. Meanwhile Edith Piaf sings a song called "L'Accordeoniste". And if you're hooked on this instrument, get hold of Wergo's new Global Accordion: Early Recordings, which is a marvellous cornucopia of vanished sounds. --Michael Church
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Wisps of accordion music can often be heard floating from the open doors of bars and cafés ... more
while strolling through the streets of Paris. Be inspired by the café music of the world's most romantic of cities - from original acoustic bal musette to the emerging sounds of twenty-first-century Paris. Music Rough Guides are a great way to explore and enjoy different styles of music from around the world. This Special Edition Rough Guide takes you even deeper, by introducing our favourite source CD from Beltuner, one of the top artists featured on this collection. Enjoy the extra music, but don't stop there - details of all other source albums are included in the CD booklet.
"The Rough Guide to Paris begins with a 'Colour Section' on glossy paper consisting of an introduction, information on what to see and when to go, and twenty things not to miss. There are plenty of colour photographs as well as inserts on the Metro, the River Seine, and Paris climate. The names of monuments and sights are in bold so they are easy to spot. The twenty things not to miss include the obvious ones such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame ..."
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"bought this book from the airport departure lounge,so very little thought went into it, we just went for the only Paris specific guide there was! However, we wern't disappointed. It is a comprehensive guide covering: Basic information useful before you go, a small phrase book section, maps (including metro maps) and a guide to the sites, hotels, bars and restauraunts. The guides to the museums and sights were particularly useful, especially the guide ..."
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