Nantes’s music scene has been renowned for being one of the most vibrant in France – a history that has been six decades in the making: from the pioneers of the 1960s to the Salons Mauduit, by way of Tri Yann and their millions of sold records.
It’s a scene that was built on the social rock of Tequila, the Celtic and Finnish fusion of EV, the whimsical hits of Elmer Food Beat, or the power rock of Dolly. It has also been a history elegantly written by Dominique A, Jeanne Cherhal and Philippe Katerine, or more recently by C2C and Christine and The Queens.
It is a political and social history that has been written in the city’s rehearsal spaces, studios, bars and venues, on local radio stations and record shops, by activists and artists working in the shadows.
Through the prism of the Nantes scene, and thanks to a considerable number of loaned objects, this exhibition allows visitors to follow the evolution of musical styles since the 1960s, to listen to and understand the influences and interactions between styles, groups, artists, and more. Learn how Nantes transformed into a true breeding ground that privileged emerging groups who would go on to become pillars of the French music scene.
Nine large chronologically themed sections trace the exhibition’s itinerary, from the 1960s to the present, in an immersive layout that is set to music with over 120 songs that can be listened to using an original audio system made with cups from music festivals.
© David Gallard