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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 ›

Podcast #91: Timbaland on Mantronix, Reinvention, and Kids

Timbaland is a producer, rapper, songwriter, and now, an author. Read More ›

Cubicle Vacations: New Music, Vol. 2

This batch of new music will not only take you around the globe, but back in time as well. Oh, and it will make you dance. Read More ›

Podcast #87: Elvis Costello on the Internet, Records, and Imitation

Elvis Costello's voice is unmistakably his own, and for nearly four decades his music has earned him fans around the world. The singer-songwriter is also now the author of a memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. This week for the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present Elvis Costello discussing the long memory of the internet, influential records, and imitation.Read More ›

Rock 'n' Read: Caspar Babypants

Formerly a President of the United States of America, Chris Ballew became Caspar Babypants in 2009, and has performed at libraries, schools, and other family friendly events. His music makes it easier than ever for humans of all ages to rock 'n' read forever!Read More ›

Kids Music That Won’t Make Parents Want To Die

Kids have an amazing capacity for repetition. Here are a few collections of kids’ music to listen to around the house or in the car that you will be less likely to throw out the window upon the hundredth play.Read More ›

Cubicle Vacations: New Music, Vol 1

Take a little audio mini-vacation from your cubicle. Here is your list of some of the most exciting, newly purchased CDs from our circulating collections for your listening pleasure. Read More ›

Podcast #82: Patti Smith on Authors She Loves

Patti Smith, musical icon and National Book Award winner, hero to aesthetes and rebels, is an NYPL favorite. This week, in celebration of her new book M Train, the New York Public Library is proud to present Patti Smith discussing the authors she loves.Read More ›

John Lennon's New York City

Born October 9, 1940, John Lennon spent his post-Beatles years (1971–1980) living and working in New York City. Commemorate Lennon's birthday and life in NYC by exploring an interactive map of landmarks, suggested books, and more.Read More ›

What’s Making Us Happy, Part 1

We asked our library staff members to tell us what’s turning their pages. Here’s the first installment, covering podcasts, music, and—of course—books.Read More ›

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 ›

Podcast #77: Jack White on Music and Freedom

Jack White joined us in 2013, along with Daphne Brooks, Greil Marcus, and Dean and Scott Blackwood, to discuss the rich tapestry of talent recorded on Paramount Records.Read More ›

Superhero Songs From Presley and Melody

Presley and Melody have been performing at the library for years, and they always come up with new exciting shows and songs. This year, they made a show to coincide with the superhero summer reading theme. Read More ›

Podcast #72: Lou Reed on Playing Outside the Box

It's difficult to overstate the influence of The Velvet Underground. In 1982, Brian Eno famously said of the band's debut album, "Everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band." For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're thrilled to present The Velvet Underground's Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker, and Doug Yule with prolific music journalist David Fricke discussing Andy Warhol and the early days of the band.Read More ›
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