Sonorama: the Sound of the News Magazine


Sonorama: le magazine sonore de l’actualité. Edited by Claude-Maxe. Paris: [Sonopresse], No 1, Octobre 1958-No 42, Juillet-Août 1962. Graphic Arts GAX 2011- in process


Graphic Arts is fortunate to have acquired a complete run of Sonorama, an innovative French news magazine that readers can both read and play. Published eleven times a year, each issue consisted of six articles and six flexi discs offering contemporary news, sports, interviews, speeches, and music. The discs are playable by folding back the pages and placing the entire issue onto a turntable (note the center hole).


Featured celebrities include Edith Piaf, Brigitte Bardot, Sacha Distel, Maurice Chevalier, Jean Cocteau, Marcel Pagnol, André Malraux, and Jean-Paul Belmondo. Albert Camus is interviewed about his new play Les Possédés, only months before his death. Musicians include Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Maria Callas.


This complete run of forty-four issues includes the supplement to No 15 on cycling legend Fausto Coppi and a special number, hors série, celebrating Charles de Gaulle’s December 20, 1960 speech on Algeria.