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Founded in the fall of 2019 by Lisa and Aurélien Michaud, Barre Chord Press is a small independent publishing house based in France. 


Inspired by their favorite indie record labels they fell in love with as teenagers, from the early days of SST to Sub Pop, the founders identify with the same homegrown, punk rock ethics.


Lisa and Aurélien, along with their small team (who really are steering this ship!) seek work outside the mainstream and aim for off-beat stories told through complex, flawed, and cultured characters. 


The name Barre Chord comes from Lisa's frustration with playing these chords on her guitar. Struggling (and sometimes achieving) to stretch her small hands into the shape, she felt it was the perfect name for the house because nothing worth doing comes easy (even if she can cheat with a capo.)

Photo credit: Lindsey Kent Paris, France

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