DiscOtis – 15 Rue Pasteur Cannes France
I went to the beach in Cannes in the South of France (all sand, quite nice) and had a yearning for a baguette and cheese. But alas, the beach club we were at didn’t have baguettes (they did have plenty of other offerings but all I wanted …) so I left the beach in search of my baguette. High and low I looked. (A great movie by Kurosawa, but I digress). Plenty of high end shops. Even some low end shops. A few restaurants. But still no baguette. I was about to abandon hope, when low and behold, I ran into DiscOtis (I promise I wasn’t looking for a record store). Who would have thought there was a great record store in Cannes.
But there is. A tribute to the late great Otis Redding, the store is run by Marian Piekarski, seen below, a nice guy who only speaks French. His shop is well-stocked with used records in all genres, quite reasonably priced. The sign on the side of the shop entrance provides a handy list.
Despite the language barrier (I was not the best french student in Mr. Tauber’s class) it was a very pleasant afternoon. We were joined by another visitor (with a little, but not much better, french) and traded record suggestions. Marian was happy to play a sample, or make a suggestion.
He didn’t have any of the French ye ye records I was looking for, but he did have a lot of 60s 45 picture sleeves which I was. Highly recommended if you’re in Cannes.
Oh, I never did find my baguette and cheese.
Here are some of the 45s I bought.