April 17, 2014

Library of Congress Acquires Large Collection of Recorded Interviews With Music Superstars

From Today’s Announcement: More than 25 years ago, retired music executive Joe Smith accomplished a Herculean feat—he got more than 200 celebrated singers, musicians and industry icons to talk about their lives, music, experiences and contemporaries. The Library of Congress announced today that Smith has donated this treasure trove of unedited sound recordings to the […]

Grateful Dead Archive Scheduled to Open June 29th at McHenry Library, U. of California Santa Cruz

From The Santa Cruz Sentinel: Visitors will explore the archive’s inaugural exhibit, “A Box of Rain: Archiving the Grateful Dead Phenomenon,” in the Brittingham Family Foundation Dead Central, the new exhibition space devoted to the archives. Members of the band announced in 2008 that they would donate their extensive collection to UCSC. Curated by Grateful […]

Canada: Record Collector Buys CBC Vancouver’s Vinyl Motherlode

From The Vancouver Sun: Jamie Anstey has just purchased the mother of all Vancouver record collections – CBC Vancouver’s record library. And that’s records, not com-pact discs. About 50,000, in fact: 37,913 LPs, 11,780 45s, 492 78s and 462 records that are listed as “miscellaneous.” The collection had been built up since 1958, but was […]

University of North Carolina: Grant Will Preserve More than 1600 Hours of Rare American Music Recordings

From UNC Library News: Dolly Parton’s first recording is among the items that the Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) in the Wilson Special Collections Library will preserve, thanks to a new grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The $131,765, three-year grant is called “From the Piedmont to the Swamplands: Preserving Southern Traditional Music.” It […]

Music: John Peel’s Record Collection Launches Online Tomorrow (Tuesday)

UPDATE: The site is now live. Video Introduction Direct to Site The digitized collection of the legendary BBC disc jockey and journalist goes live tomorrow (Tuesday). Learn more about John Peel. From The Guardian: John Peel‘s record collection is about to go online. Starting on Tuesday, the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts will begin […]

New York Public Library Launches John Cage Digital Archive

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From SSG Music: The New York Public Library has launched a John Cage digital archive project, John Cage Unbound: A Living Archive. On the archive, Cage fans can celebrate Cage’s centennial curated series of browsable Cage curios; Want to see him play an amplified cacti and plant matter with a feather, review his notes from […]

University of the Pacific Library Receives GRAMMY Foundation Grant to Digitize and Preserve Historic Brubeck Recordings

From a U. of the Pacific Announcement: Dave Brubeck’s legacy will continue to grow thanks to digital technology and the efforts of the Special Collections staff at the University of the Pacific Library. During the next year, recording experts will meticulously work with the staff of Special Collections to stabilize and digitize 49 highly endangered […]

Open Access: National Library of New Zealand Begins Streaming a Collection of Kiwi Music

From a NLNZ Blog Post: Through a combination of Legal Deposit and actively seeking out New Zealand music across the internet, we are rapidly accumulating a huge collection of great tunes, which we are preserving for posterity in our National Digital Heritage Archive. Even better, an increasing number of artists are giving us permission to […]

Calgary Record Store Buys the CBC Calgary CD/LP Archives

From Exclaim.ca: Earlier this year, the CBC revealed plans to digitize and dismantle their entire CD and vinyl archives due to budget cuts and other financial uncertainties. While there are undoubtedly some CBC staffers who are sad to say goodbye to so much physical media, Calgarians will rejoice in the fact that local record store […]

Folklorist’s Global Jukebox Goes Digital

From The New York Times: The folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax was a prodigious collector of traditional music from all over the world and a tireless missionary for that cause. Long before the Internet existed, he envisioned a “global jukebox” to disseminate and analyze the material he had gathered during decades of fieldwork. A decade […]