Tickets to LIVE from the NYPL's event Exploring The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records sold out…well, if you’ll excuse the pun, in record time. If you weren’t one of the lucky few to snag tickets, you’re still in luck: we’ll be LIVEstreaming (another pun, sorry) the entire program tonight on our YouTube page (link above). Tune in at 7pm sharp to hear Jack White, Dean and Scott Blackwood, Daphne A. Brooks, and Greil Marcus talk about how this Wisconsin chair company managed to build one of the greatest musical rosters ever assembled in just 15 years.
Mexican pop star Thalia stopped by NYPL yesterday to celebrate the release of her new children’s book, Chupie, The Binky That Returned Home. After her reading, she popped downstairs to Astor Hall and snapped this gorgeous photo of herself at NYPL’s photobooth. You can get your picture taken at one of our photo booths too. Stop by today and let us know about your visit!
In honor of the acclaimed Claude Debussy’s birthday, we wanted to share this interesting negative of the composer, which can be found in the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs (you’ll also find the print from this negative as well!)
And although today’s post isn’t a recording of Clair de Lune (H/T davenport-6) - one of our favorite compositions - we recommend a visit to NYPL’s Library for the Performing Arts where you can listen to, read about, or research the man and his music.
The NYPL’s Billy Parrott has already had one successful blog examining one classic television show set in the 1960’s in MAD MEN. Now he examines another iconic show set in the 1960s in THE WONDER YEARS. In what will be the first of several entries, Billy takes on the daunting task of examining all of the musical and cultural references that The Wonder Years references in its first season.
So in celebration of Billy’s awesome new blog, we have to ask what is your favorite episode of The Wonder Years? We would like to get a lot of responses to this question but WE’LL NEED A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS out there…
Listen up music lovers! Here’s our list of our 10 Favorite Albums of the Year (So Far). You can check out or reserve these albums or your favorite albums at your local NYPL branch and online. Also be sure to check out our Freegal Music service, which allows you to download up to three songs a week using your NYPL card!
HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT: LIVE from the NYPL’s Fall 2013 Schedule, LIVE announces the new line-up featuring exciting authors, personalities and speakers. You won’t want to miss it
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Margaret Atwood | Carl Hiaasen (Tuesday September 17) here
Adam Fitzgerald, John Ashbery, Timothy Donnelly (Thursday, September 19) here
Jesmyn Ward (Monday, September 30) here
Jaron Lanier (Thursday, October 10) here
The Moth [featuring George Dawes Green, Andrew Solomon, Catherine Burns and more] (Tuesday, October 15) here
Warren Buffett, Howard G. Buffett, Howard W. Buffett (Wednesday, October 23) here
Lorrie Moore: Watching Television (Friday, October 25) here
Nico Muhly and Ira Glass [Co-Presented by The Metropolitan Opera] (Tuesday, October 29) here
Alice Waters and Kermit Lynch (Monday, November 18) here
Michael Connelly (Wednesday, December 4) here
Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert (Tuesday, December 10) here
Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz (Thursday, December 12) here
Nothing feels cooler than being part of the coolest club in town, which is why we’re feeling pretty cool right now, despite the heat and humidity. This week, WNYC’s Soundcheck is showcasing some of their favorite conversations with novelists and writers about music and literature in a series called Soundcheck’s Writers Club. Who’s in the club? Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan, Ben Folds, Nick Hornby, George Saunders, Patti Smith…and NYPL!
Check out Soundcheck’s website for a list of The Library for the Performing Arts' staffers' favorite musical books, and tune in tomorrow to hear George Boziwick, Chief of The Library for the Performing Arts’ Music Division, talk about his book picks.
More on Soundcheck’s Writers Club here.
Photo: Michael Katzif / WNYC
Today’s Caturday is brought to you by the Music Division of our Library for the Performing Arts. This score for the song “Kitty” appeared in the music supplement of the New York American and Journal exactly 111 years ago today (or, more precisely, on May 18, 1902). The artwork features both a cat (of course) and a mouse in a tuxedo. That’s an obvious win. So happy Caturday! And, by the way, if you’re into music, the Library for the Performing Arts (at Lincoln Center) has two totally FREE exhibitions you should check out today, or soon - American Sabor: Latinos in US Popular Music and 100 Years of Flamenco In NY (check out the NY Times review of Flamenco).
Need we say more? Nah, we think this 1899 sheet music from our Library for the Performing Arts pretty much covers it. Don’t forget your mother, and Happy Mother’s Day to all!
Today would have been the 77th birthday for music icon and legend Roy Orbison. You want to read about Roy’s life? You want to listen to his solo albums? Or how about checking out the great Traveling Wilbury’s album that Roy was a part of? Well as Roy would say, YOU GOT IT! Or in this case, the NYPL has all of your Roy Orbison materials available at your local branch. Happy birthday Roy!