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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Les Inrockuptibles is a French cultural magazine. Started as a monthly magazine in 1986, it became weekly in 1995. The name is a play on "Les Incorruptibles", the French title of the American television series The Untouchables. Les Inrockuptibles is routinely nicknamed "Les Inrocks".

In the beginning, rock music was the magazine's primary focus, though every issue included articles on other artistic domains. Currently, many other topics are tackled: cinema, books, society, etc.

The magazine tends to take a left-wing and intellectual approach to art and society, lending itself to accusations of elitism and snobbishness.

Despite all that, the magazine was instrumental in popularising indie rock music with bands such as the Smiths and The House of Love. It was unofficially coupled with the radio show by Bernard Lenoir having a nearly identical name l'inrockuptible.

They produced several tribute records, including the influential I'm Your Fan to Leonard Cohen in 1991, The Smiths is dead in 1996 and Monsieur Gainsbourg revisited in 2006.

There is an Argentine edition, with the name of "Los Inrockuptibles"

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