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Why am I offering you a FREE PDF of The Paris Metro 40th Anniversary Issue: The Book About Paris Yesterday which was published last September?

The cover of The Paris Metro 40th Anniversary Issue: The Book About Paris Yesterday features a photograph of The Paris Metro offices between 1976–79.
(Photo: Christina de Liagre)

Simply because you’re smart enough to read Medium.

The Paris Metro 40th Anniversary Issue: The Book About Paris Yesterday is dedicated to the irreverent magazine that brought a revolutionary form of journalism to France in the 1970s.

I was publisher of The Paris Metro forty years ago and recently had the pleasure of co-editing The Paris Metro 40th Anniversary Issue: The Book About Paris Yesterday. The compilation includes fifty original anecdotes, memoirs, reflections and vignettes written by former staff members, writers and readers of The Paris Metro, a fortnightly English-language magazine that published sixty-four issues in Paris between June 1976 and December 1978.

Metro publisher Joel Stratte-McClure speaking with fashion designer Pierre Cardin at a party in Paris in 1977.
Assigning stories and co-editing The Paris Metro 40th Anniversary Issue: The Book About Paris Yesterday in 2016.
(Photo: Liz Chapin)

In the photo above, The Idiot is reviewing the In/Out story in The Paris Metro 40th Anniversary Issue: The Book About Paris Yesterday. The six-page section compares what was In/Out in 1977 with what’s In/Out in 2016.

Running roughly in chronological order, the articles in The Paris Metro 40th Anniversary Issue: The Book About Paris Yesterday provide a glimpse of Paris and The Paris Metro’s then-magical presence and now-mythical stature. The first of my own three stores is entitled How I Lost My Day Job, My Virginity And My First Fortune At The Paris Metro.

The first stories in the Table of Contents are written by former staffers and writers about the founding of The Paris Metro in 1976, the year that Steve Jobs created Apple.

Although time can diminish or exaggerate the past, the full-color, 196-page compilation — which includes over two hundred illustrations and extracts plucked from past issues — provides key insight into the City of Love and the magazine’s allure. Some past Metro covers tell part of the story.

One Paris Metro cover story told readers where to go (to the bathroom) in Paris.
Metro Covers: Sex Sells.
Metro Covers: Memorable Issues.
A six-page fashionable photo spread of ’70s shots by American photographer Mary Russell is included in The Paris Metro 40th Anniversary Issue: The Book About Paris Yesterday.

The Paris Metro 40th Anniversary Issue: The Book About Paris Yesterday captures and exemplifies the verve, vitality and vocation that existed in Paris four decades ago — and still thrives for many of us today.

In fact, there are rumors that former Metro staffers may buy their old office building and relaunch the magazine in 2017.

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