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Anyhow, there was sweaty 19 year–old Elvis, putting out his soul at Sam Phillips' grotty little Sun studio at 706 Union Street in Memphis, making pop history. Sam took the disk to Dewey Phillips to play on the radio on 19. July 1954, making Elvis immortal in 24 hours. It was sort of an American dream.

But, aha! – the report also says Bill Haley's 'Rock Around the Clock' hit the public's consciousness on 12. April. Obviously this means that rock'n'roll's real birthday was last 12. April, and today's hoopla is just a con. I mean, Haley's hit has 'rock' in it, right? What does Elvis' have? No 'rock, rock, rock around the clock' that's for sure.

If we buy this birthday stuff like it is, we deserve the feeble rock we get.

Monsieur Camembert

Keeping up with this issue's musical themes, our next guest artists are the gypsy, hot–club, swing, Latin and jazz band from Australia, who are on their way to the Montreux Jazz Festival.

The group's name is Monsieur Camembert. I don't think it means anything except if you listen to their second album, 'Absynthe,' you might think it was concoctedphoto: monsieur camembert by some French guys in some stone barn, noodling with an accordion, while Edouard Bronson sings something in Russian.

Lead by Yaron Hallis, the band was formed in 1998, and is a pretty big hit in Australia, winning Grammy awards in both 2002 and 2003. After Montreux, Monsieur Camembert stops off in Paris for three dates so you can tap your toes too. These are the dates:–

Monday, 12. July – The House of Live – 124. Rue de la Boetie, near the Champs– Elysées. Paris 8. Métro: Franklin–Roosevelt.

Wednesday, Thursday, 14 and 15. July – La Vielle Grille – at 1. Rue du Puits l'Ermite, Paris 5. Métro: Place Monge. Between the Rue Georges Desplas and the Rue Larrey, it's close to Paris' grand Mosque.

Incroyable Rallye

This is not the name of a new political party, but a tricky way to pass the time between the Bastille Day bals on the 13th and the 14th of July, by running around in three arrondissements doing puzzles involving questions about food, drink, and taste, of course.

Contestants are divided into small teams, given some sort of questionnaires full of difficult questions, and have to race around day and night finding the answers, and a cybercafé from which to send them. to somewhere There will be prizes for getting the right answers, and for those who can't get anything right, there will simply be drawings. You should know that Parisians will take this overly seriously and try to win.

The three arrondissements are the 11th, the 13th and the 18th. On Tuesday, 13. July the exercise takes place beginning at 19:00. The next day, Wednesday, the action starts at noon and continues until 18:00. The prizes are to be handed out at 19:00, at the 'bals,' until about midnight.

Teams are limited to four to six persons. You should sign up for this in advance, or it can be done at the Mairies involved. Try the Web site for signing up. Contestants are supposed to be on hand two hours before their start time. The participation charge is one euro.

Locations of the 'Bals' –

11th arrondissement – at the parvis of the Mairie. The Lune Rousse and his celebrated Grand orchestraphoto: relais de la butte from the Elysée Montmartre take you on a varied musical voyage with the 'Amants de Saint Jean au Beatles.' Métro: Place Leon Blum.

13th arrondissement – at the parvis of the Mairie. With the Portuguese Philharmonique of the Gobelins, the Mandapa dancers and the DJs from the Guinguette Pirate. Métro: Place d'Italie.

18th arrondissement – in the les Arènes de Montmartre, including a moment of cabaret with the 'Compagnie Brinquebale.' Métro: Abbesses or Anvers. Verify that the rallye starting point is at the Mairie, at Métro Jules Joffrin.

Note that these 'Fête de la Bastille' bals are open to all publics, and all three will take place on Wednesday, 14. July.

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