We are all Schnocks !
Christophe Ernault a.k.a Alister, singer and recognized writer, and Laurence Rémila, member of Technikart magazine; are the brains behind ‘Schnock’, an amazing magazine causing a stir in Paris and in the rest of France for more than a year now.
Shnock, quarterly « for those aged 27 to 87″, sold in bookstores, does the impossible: it brings together classy Parisians, media nerds and real French culture lovers. How? For example by putting, former stars in a new light, showing that behind a dorky image they have had extraordinary lives, knew all about the corridors of behind-the-scenes power, raised confidences of the greatest, and often persevered, without the public realizing, in exciting forgotten pieces. Of course, we have to admit that Schnock sometimes pays tribute to anarchists, but never too knowingly. And the magazine has a real way of finding the best forgotten French pop music or journalism. Respect, French language and culture all meet, along with ferocious humor and irreverence when needed, and a constant concern to shine a light on popular references.
For its third edition, Schnock has dedicated a large section to an iconoclast and a very popular artist, Jean Yanne. This feature includes interviews with his photographer Gilles Durieux, a friend and illustrator Tito Tobin, filmmaker Jean-Louis Bertucelli amongst others and amusing quotes on the slightly anarchistic actor/singer/producer/author/songwriter. There are also features which we love, such as the « Schnock of culture » – « how to dress Schnock? », which stands-up for retro clothing, alongside a summertime review of sunglasses, a superb article « against Powerpoint », and an investigation « on the trail of the RATP rabbit », followed by the confessions of a Schnock and cultural tips on how-to Schnock « at home, whilst reading & other leisure activities ».
To rediscover the hidden treasures of pop culture heritage and to have completely trendy conversations, Schnock is ideal reading material in a trendy hotel lobby! And since summer is around the corner, you’d better get the first two issues of the magazine, where we delightfully rediscover, amongst others, the fascinating Jean-Pierre Marielle and Amanda Lear. (it makes you laught? Read, you will be surprised!)
15 euros, in bookstores and on www.la-tengo.com.
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