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Libraries are thought of as quiet places, but that doesn't mean the NYPL doesn't know how to rock out. This channel will highlight popular music found in the library's collections.

Rock 'n' Read: Chastity Belt

"He was just another man trying to teach me something" is a Chastity Belt lyric taken from a popular book... read on to learn the source, and rock 'n' read forever!Read More ›

Best of New Music (July 2015 Edition)

A periodic list of some of the most exciting, newly purchased CDs for our circulating collections.Read More ›

Rock 'n' Read: No Joy

Montreal shoegazers No Joy have an emotional sound characterized by distortion and ethereal dream pop. Given how tonally and lyrically moody they are, guitarist Laura Lloyd's literary predilection is predictably unpredictable—a hodgepodge of high brow and delightfully tacky. Check out what inspires her, and what induces carsickness on tour, and rock 'n' read forever!Read More ›

Frank Sinatra's "The House I Live In"

The Sinatra: An American Icon exhibition has many wonderful media stations for visitors—songs, excerpts from television specials, films trailers and featurettes, and a juke box. But the one that is garnering the most attention is “The House I Live In,” the RKO short subject that won Sinatra his first Oscar. Read More ›

Rock 'n' Read: Crocodiles

Crocodiles's 80s post-punk influences are apparent in one listen, and after interviewing Brandon Welchez, it's clear just how much of an impact literature and poetry has had on the band, too. Read on to learn more, and rock 'n' read forever!Read More ›

Rock 'n' Read: Thee Oh Sees

Thee Oh Sees, fronted by John Dwyer, are a Los Angeles band whose sound has been described as garage rock, psychedelic rock, post-punk, art rock, noise… am I missing any? It's no surprise Dwyer's literary tastes are just as diverse as his band's sound. Read More ›

Sinatra at the Stage Door Canteen

We have received many questions recently about this photo, the secondary key image for the exhibition.Read More ›

"...a half-acre of strings..." Sinatra on the Radio

LPA is hosting public programs about listening to Sinatra on the radio, as thousands of Americans would do every week. Read More ›

Essential Longform: The Best Nirvana Reads

As we await the documentary Montage of Heck, we're looking back at some of the best journalism written about Kurt Cobain and Nirvana.Read More ›

Waiting for "Empire" Reading and Viewing List

Fox's new television series, Empire, is a family drama set in the hip-hop world. For fans of the show left wanting more, here is a list of fiction and nonfiction titles that you might enjoy.Read More ›

Orquesta en su casa: LPA at Casita Maria

The Boro-Linc project is bringing performances and projects from the Lincoln Center campus to the other boroughs. Read More ›

Skateboarding at the Library

Here are some tunes to thrash around to, some books to read up on and some movies to feel inspired by.Read More ›

Best of New Music (February 2015 Edition)

A periodic list of some of the most exciting, newly purchased CDs for our circulating collections.Read More ›

The Legacy of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana in YA Fiction

In the rain soaked Seattle of the early '90s, grunge rock was the soundtrack to our lives and Kurt and Nirvana were at its center. Twenty one years on, his legacy continues in two recent YA books Carnival at Bray and Love Letters to the Dead. Both books examine the power of music and words to bring people together, inspire us and give us hope.Read More ›

Great Albums You May Have Missed: Miles Davis Dark Magus (1997)

Every jazz fan has their favorite Miles period, I'm probably in the minority but I'll take his electric phase from '68-75 which expanded his amazing skills by importing the energy of rock and funk.Read More ›

Four by One Direction: A Track by Track (Sort of) Review

A track by track review of their new album, by a “1D AF.”Read More ›

Sesame Street at LPA: About That Tomato...

I love collaborative exhibitions because I learn so much about our partners. Working with Susie Tofte, the archivist of the Sesame Workshop and curator of the exhibition, I learned about the Workshop’s outreach programs for families dealing with the challenges of military service and incarceration. Now that the exhibition is available for viewing, I see that section’s impact on visitors who expected only fun, children’s content.Read More ›

In Praise of Hoots

At "Somebody Come and Play" you can see Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie, the Count, Snuffy, and Oscar up close. And, by my special request, Hoots.Read More ›

Author Lori Majewski Takes Us Into a "Mad World" of '80s New Wave

Majewski's illustrated lecture brought together an eclectic crowd: hardcore new wavers, music industry insiders, as well as those with just a casual interest. Her enthusiasm rekindled my new wave appreciation, and I had some follow-up questions about Mad World and beyond.Read More ›

Get On Up: Review Of The James Brown Movie

“All musical instruments are drums,” says Chad Boseman, convincingly portraying James Brown. Words were drums, too, to “The Godfather Of Soul.”Read More ›
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