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David Bowie’s top 100 books

David Bowie’s favorite 100 books have been revealed and it’s a good list stretching from Homer to modern bestselling authors like Michael Chabon and Junot Diaz. The musician is the subject of an exhibition called David Bowie Is and the list was released as the exhibition moved from London’s Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum to […]

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Books Meet Beastie Boys: Sabotage Re-enacted by Librarians

Here’s some Monday morning fun to put a smile on your face – the librarians at the New York Public Library have re-enacted the Beastie Boys’ epic 1994 music video, directed by Spike Jonze, for their song Sabotage.

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Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck, 1920-2012

Sad news for jazz lovers today – pianist and composer Dave Brubeck died at the age of 91. Brubeck was incredibly prolific, and contributed to the music world enormously over his 60+ year careeer, helping to repopularize jazz and widen its appeal to a new generation of listeners. He was an important member of the […]

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11 Vintage Dance Books

We thought we’d help put a little spring in your step this Friday morning, with these 11 dance books from times gone by – Charleston, Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango or even Black Bottom your way through your day today. Cha-cha-cha! (Some of these appear to be sheet music – be sure to read the description before […]

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Elvis Presley’s Library Card

In 1948, when Elvis Presley was just 13 years old, he checked a copy of The Courageous Heart: A Life of Andrew Jackson out from his school library in Memphis, Tennessee. The card, complete with the young Presley’s signature, was discovered by a librarian while getting rid of old books. It, along with a copy […]

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Tune into Musical History Books

The origins of blues, rock, jazz, country and hip hop have all been explored by musical historians. Pioneering musicians often overcame many challenges before their music was heard and these tales are worth telling. The music that shapes your soul can shape your reading too. The love of books and information, the love of music […]

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Happy 100th Birthday, Studs Terkel

Louis “Studs” Terkel died in 2008, but today would have been his 100th birthday. Born to Russian-Jewish parents in the Bronx, Terkel spent the bulk of his life in Chicago. He married his wife, Ida in 1939, and the couple remained together until her death in 1999. Terkel was interested in oral history, and jazz, […]

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For now, Dick Clark…so long.

Dick Clark has died at age 8t of a heart attack.

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Video review of R. Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country

My colleague Beth offers this review of R. Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country. Robert Crumb, better known as R. Crumb, is an American cartoonist, well-known for being outspoken, critical and subversive, for his highly recognizable illustrative style, and for his friendship and collaborations with Charles Bukowski. But many people don’t realize that Crumb […]

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Book Review: Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield

If you believe that life should have a soundtrack, Love is a Mix Tape is the book for you.

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