This Thursday, June 21, music is taking to the streets in Paris. Free and live events will happen all over the city (see map below and a link to a shortlist of events).
In 1962, four lads from Liverpool released their first EP…The Beatles
marked the dawn of a new era with Love Me Do: Pop music was born. Like
jazz music, pop caused a musical revolution which transformed our society.
In France, the “yéyé” pop music generation had its origins on the “Salut les
copains” radio show and brought with it a social upheaval that affected
each and every youth in the Western hemisphere. Pop music is more than
just a musical style; it’s a culture which has fundamentally changed
mentalities and transformed music and consumerism.
Fast forward 20 years to June 21st 1982 when the French Ministry of Culture
and Communication organised an event that saw thousands of French people
descend on the streets to celebrate music and amateur musicians. Just like
pop music, the event brings people together, reflects our culture and is a
celebration. It’s little wonder that the Minister of Culture and Communication,
Frédéric Mitterrand, has chosen to pay homage to pop music at the 31st Fête
de la Musique. June 21st 2012 will be a “musical, cultural, social, joyful and
colourful” date to remember.
On Thursday June 21st, music lovers, amateur and professional musicians,
have been invited to celebrate pop in all its forms on the streets!
SACEM, Radio France, A Nous, TV5MONDE and Crédit Mutuel are official
partners of the Fête de la Musique 2012.
Map of events in Paris:
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Here is a list of music festival highlights by time and quarter.