While the web continues to show its strength with club listings and gossip blogs, Paris has got plenty of well-established, paper-and-ink publications that will set you on the path to ultra-coolness with their music, fashion, and culture coverage. Here are five of our favorites.
Les Inrockuptibles (€ 5.90)
The venerable Les Inrockuptibles has been around for more than 20 years in some form or another. Now it’s a weekly, and its focus has moved beyond just rock music into discussions of art censorship, politics, and other broader social topics. Their website’s filled with reviews, and offers a recently launched podcast featuring tons of hot tracks.
Cover Stars: Björk, Emilie Simon, Sofia Coppola
Clark (€ 5)
A kindred spirit of XLR8R and Mass Appeal, Clark covers its fair share of streetwear, hipster trends, design, style, art, and, of course, sick music. We’re such close relatives we’ve employed illustrators like So-Me and Parra, and covered music from Dizzee to Ghostface to Hadouken. The French-language bi-monthly magazine is available at hip stores like The Lazy Dog, Artoyz, and Kiliwatch.
Cover Stars: TTC, Dalek, DJ Mehdi
Purple Fashion (€ 20)
The crème de la crème of Parisian fashion books, Purple features the world’s top designers’ work (usually photographed by Terry Richardson, Juergen Teller, or Richard Kern) alongside cultural news stories and interviews with subjects as far-flung as writer Chuck Palahniuk and Eminem. Like a French version of Interview, only far less frequent and way more expensive.
Cover Stars: Vincent Gallo, Mickey Rourke, Chloë Sevigny
WAD (€ 7.50)
Everyone’s outsourcing these days, so why can’t we? That’s the idea behind Paris’ WAD (an acronym for We’Ar Different) magazine, a guest-curated publication focusing on “urban fashion and culture.” Guest editors like Patrizio Miceli and husband-wife team Pedro and Nadège Winter (of Ed Banger and Colette, respectively) have helmed recent special issues of this highly stylized tome.
Cover Stars: mouths, arms, random body parts
It’s pretty futile to try to cover world music without having a political bent, so Mondomix happily embraces the activist approach, uncovering all manner of stories–from music of the banlieues to the Norteño electronic scene in Tijuana. Launched online in 1998, Mondomix has expanded to include a 100,000-distributed print version and a world-music download site.
Cover Stars: Tom Zé, Tinariwen, Nortec Collective