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Record stores start to spin again

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The storefront of the two Balades sons boutiques side by side, avenue Trudaine (Paris 9th).
The storefront of the two Balades sons boutiques side by side, avenue Trudaine (Paris 9th). SPECIAL COLLECTION

Since Monday, May 11, like other businesses previously closed due to the state of health emergency, the nearly 350 independent record stores in France can resume their activity. Of which around sixty stores in Paris, some of the oldest, such as Parallèles, in the 1er arrondissement, founded in 1972, to the most recent, like Dizonord, opened in 2019, in the 18e. A great relief for all these structures, most of which are led by one, two or three people, rarely with teams of employees, where the passion for music and the desire to share it are the driving force.

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For these rather specialized or generalist record stores, where one finds vinyl, CD, in some cases books, DVDs, new or second-hand, it will first have to be familiar with the new health standards . At Balades Sonores, and its two boutiques side by side, avenue Trudaine, in the 9e district, the first opened in 2012, the eight employees are equipped with a protective visor. “We posted instructions at the entrance, explains the manager, Thomas Gagneur, to ask customers to wear a mask, to use hydroalcoholic gel when entering and leaving. This reassures people, who on the whole were in favor. “

As with many of their colleagues, whose surfaces vary between 30 and 40 square meters, the capacity to accommodate Le Souffle continuous, rue Gerbier, “will be four or five people at the same time”, explains Bernard Ducayron, one of the two managers

At the Paris Jazz Corner, in the 5e arrondissement, founded in 1991, rue de Navarre, opposite the Arènes de Lutèce, Maxime Hubert, one of the two managers and sellers, highlights the responsibility and the good conduct of those who come to dig in the jazz tanks , blues and soul: “We may come to require the wearing of a mask, but, for the moment, that is not the case. “ In Les Halles, rue Saint-Honoré, at Parallèles, the rock-pop, song and funk shop and bookstore, and at Gilda’s, a few meters away, rue des Bourdonnais, her sister specialized in jazz, with a large DVD department, masks can be offered for those who would not be equipped. Everywhere, freezing and cleaning of bank card machines is essential.

As with many of their colleagues, whose surfaces vary between 30 and 40 square meters, the capacity to accommodate Le Souffle continues, rue Gerbier, in the 11e borough, “Is four or five people at the same time”, explains Bernard Ducayron, one of the two managers of this store renowned for its requirement in terms of experimental music. Inside, the bins are not too close together, movement remains fluid.

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