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Vogue: the adventure of a record company


  • Vogue logo drawn by Sonia Delaunay, 1972. © L&M SERVICES B.V The Hague 2011/05/22 © Sony Music / BnF, département de l’Audiovisuel

    Vogue Logo drawn by Sonia Delaunay, 1972. © L&M SERVICES B.V The Hague 2011/05/22 © Sony Music / BnF, département de l’Audiovisuel

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  • François-Mitterrand

    Free access

    Tuesday - Saturday from de 9.00am to 8.00pm
    Sunday from 1.00pm to 7.00pm
    Monday from 2.00pm to 8.00pm
    except public holidays

from September 18, 2011 to November 13, 2011 François-Mitterrand / Julien Cain alley

The « Vogue » label, founded in 1947 by three collectors, Léon Cabat, Charles Delaunay and Albert Ferreri, was originally devoted to jazz music. Sidney Bechet was the first star in the music catalogue that rapidly also counted Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Elridge, Gerry Mulligan, Claude Luter and opened up to classical music. In the early sixties, the first records by Johnny Hallyday, Jacques Dutronc and Françoise Hardy were released by « Vogue ».
The eclectic label supported Pierre Perret, Marc Ogeret, Colette Renard as well as international artists such as Petula Clark, Franck Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dionne Warwick. The company, established in Villetaneuse, carried out the recording, pressing and distribution of records; it also undertook the distribution of foreign labels such as the Kinks’ or the Doors’.
In the early seventies, pop music needed innovative artists. « Vogue » launched the « Système Crapoutchik », the « Martin Circus » and eventually, the « Révolution française » that was the father of the French rock opera. « Vogue » exported worldwide a broad range of musical universes, including the ethnologic collection from the Musée de l’Homme to recorded drama, from the Motown records to ABBA, from classical music to accordion recordings.
In the eighties, despite a fierce competition, the label, true to its vocation, signed the new talent of rap and hip-hop music: Grandmaster Flash, Sugarhill Gang. All through its story, « Vogue » used the various media successively appearing on the record market: rpm disks, vinyl records, audio cassettes. However, it was impossible for the label to outlive audio CDs, as the company was financially unable to adapt its production devices to the new optical medium.

Exhibition realised in partnership with the Zebrock association, from an original idea by Edgard Garcia, Director of the association. The « Vogue » label will also be presented at Villetaneuse town hall, from September the 10th until October the 15th, 2011.


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Wednesday, July 20, 2011