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Blog Posts by Subject: Music

Celebrating Queer Voices in Black Music History

Housed in our vast collection of materials and resources on black LGBTQ identity, which includes the In The Life Archive, are the portrait collections of blues singers Gertrude Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, and Bessie Smith in the Photographs and Prints Division.Read More ›

Anahid Ajemian: In Memoriam

The violinist Anahid Ajemian, who dedicated her artistic life to performing and fostering new music, died on June 13, 2016. Read More ›

Live From the Reading Room: Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller to Phil Ponce

Live from the Reading Room: Correspondence is a podcast series that aims to share interesting and engaging letters written by or to key historical figures from the African Diaspora. Read More ›

Recent Hip Hop You May Have Missed

Six suggestions for your summer.Read More ›

June Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Strengths and strains of adult-sibling relationships...genetic genealogy, issues of race, slavery reparations and reconciliation...the complex story of the South Street Seaport District...a gritty story of corruption, greed and law enforcement in Brooklyn...the adventures of Sherlock Holmes... Join us this month for one or more of the author talks at Mid-Manhattan.Read More ›

Celebrating Miriam Makeba on the 56th Anniversary of Her Iconic Debut Album

Often called Harry Belafonte’s protégé or Mama Africa, today is the 56th anniversary of South African singer/songwriter Miriam Makeba’s debut album.Read More ›

George Avakian and Anahid Ajemian: An Introduction

Music For Moderns: The Partnership of George Avakian and Anahid Ajemian will explore the careers of these unique figures and their work with of some of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Read More ›

Playwright Pays Homage To Legendary MCs With Play Cycle

Shaun Neblett, aka MC SNEB, is a playwright, educator, and founder of Changing Perceptions Theater. Read More ›

The Music Division's Clipping File: Performers and Performances

Part three of three, delving into the performers and performances you can find out of the millions of articles in our clipping files.Read More ›

Podcast #109: Rosanne Cash on Shakespeare, Performing, and Poetry

Four-time Grammy winner Rosanne Cash is something of a music legend. She's also an author, of the recent memoir Composed.Read More ›

Cubicle Vacations: New Music, Vol 3

Take a little audio vacation with some of the most exciting newly purchased CDs from our circulating collections.Read More ›

The Black Rock Coalition: Empowering Artists Who Break the Mold

In 1985 the Black Rock Coalition (BRC) was formed as an outlet for alternative Black musicians to showcase their talents.Read More ›

100 Years (Or So) Ago in Dance: Florence Mills

Florence Mills was famed for her birdlike voice as well as her spontaneous dancing during her numbers. She was one of the most popular entertainers of the early 1920s in New York, London, and Paris, and yet, perhaps because she died at age 32, her fame has not survived. Read More ›

Find the 2016 Grammy Winners at the Library #GrammyAwards

Taylor Swift, Hamilton, Ed Sheeran and more available with your library card.Read More ›

Podcast #99: Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin on Music and Meditation

In 1983, Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin co-founded Def Jam, one of the most prominent hip-hop labels in the American music industry today.Read More ›

Spotlight On: Meshell Ndegeocello

Singer Me'shell Ndegeocello has been in the music industry for over 20 years. Come take a peek into her world and discover the artist behind the music.Read More ›

February Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

A musical heritage of the Jewish community...uncovering psychological tricks of a hustler...racial inequality and a call to action...revisiting Folk City, New York...Woody Allen—a life...the intersection of word geeks and grammar police...criminal negligence in the U.S. armed forces...exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square...transformation of urban gardens...New York’s first and oldest charter school... beauty, culture and the fascination of Cuba...Read More ›

A Tribute to David Bowie

As a tribute to David Bowie's life, his music and his acting, here is a list of works by him as well as about him.Read More ›

A Tribute to Singer Natalie Cole

Schomburg Communications Pre-Professional Alicia Perez looks back on the life and career of the late Natalie Cole, who was laid to rest on Monday in Los Angeles.Read More ›

The Wu-Tang Clan and the #Wuseum… the Saga Continues

The St. George Library shows its respect for the legends of the hip-hop world with the #Wuseum, an evolving display of everything and anything Wu-Tang.Read More ›
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