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We hope everyone had a wonderful and restful time off for the holidays!
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Music Magazine Archive | Rockin’ N’ Rollin’
Music Magazine Archive is well underway, and we are pleased to fill you in on the status of our first two collections, focusing on Rock and Folk.
We’ve had overwhelming enthusiasm for the first collection in the series, Rock. In fact, thanks to the support from publishers and libraries alike, it exceeds our initial scope for the collection.
Rock will contain over 115,000 live pages of content across these iconic 13 magazine titles:
- The Bob
- CREEM (including limited special edition series)
- Jazz & Pop
- OP (Lost Music Network)
- Royal World’s Countdown
- Trans-Oceanic Trouser Press/Trouser Press
- Trouser Press Collectors Magazine
- Under The Radar
The second collection, Folk, is keeping pace with over 26,000 live images, across these 10 seminal publications:
- Dirty Linen
- Fairport Fanatics
- Folk Works
- HOT WIRE
- The Little Sandy Review
- Old Time Herald
- Paid My Dues
- People’s Songs
Look for future progress updates in upcoming editions of The Flash.
Keep on Singing | A Pete Seeger Tribute
At the anniversary of Pete Seeger’s death on the 27th of this month, we look back on his contributions to the world of folk music. Singing songs of peace and protest, Seeger was an influential part of the folk tradition. Not only was he one of the pioneers of the folk revival of the 1950s , but he has become a key part of our shared American heritage.
Seeger is also credited with the revival of the banjo as a folk instrument, which he was introduced to at the age of 16 when his father, Charles Seeger, took him to a folk festival. With his invention of the long-neck banjo and his work How to Play the Five-String Banjo, he is possibly the one person most responsible for the popularity of the banjo today.
Learn more about Pete Seeger in MMA: Folk.
I’m With the Band | Inspiration for Your Music Movie Marathon
Peg Bessette Knight
One of the great side benefits of working on the Music Magazine Archive is working with really fantastic partners such as Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Bowling Green State University Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives. Just for fun, at the end of one of our conference calls, we spent a few minutes compiling must-watch Music movies. For your consideration, and your viewing pleasure…here are some movies worth checking out, and a few thoughts on what makes them worth a watch. (Just click on each title to see a few simple reasons these are required viewing!)
With the holidays gone, but the winter chill persisting, we hope you can find some movie marathon inspiration here. We’d love to hear about your favorite music films, too. Email us at email@example.com with any that didn’t make this list and we’ll consider them for a future story.
The Commitments The blue-eyed soul soundtrack behind this loveable, gritty little movie.  The scene where they take an ad out to recruit new band members.  It’s a Roddy Doyle adaptation.
High Fidelity Barry (played by Jack Black), and the relentless vinyl judgment he subjects all customers to.  The sweet, sensitive, hapless John Cusack character who identifies every emotion, relationship, and waking moment with a track…and knows where to find it in his extensive vinyl collection.  It’s a Nick Hornby adaptation. BONUS POINTS: Joan Cusack’s in there, too.
This is Spinal Tap Co-writer Christopher Guest’s eye for the absurd.  Directed by, and starring, Rob Reiner.  Without it, we wouldn’t have gotten up to eleven.
24 Hour Party People Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.  Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire).  Manchester music scene.
A Hard Day’s Night Soundtrack.  Adorable black and white footage of the four from Liverpool doing lots of running around.  As these four musical giants age and fade away (all too soon for John and George), this film is almost like an 8 mm Holy Grail that nobody knew was in the back of your aunt’s closet. You roll the film, and see these icons at their peak of vitality and Beatles-ness.
Rock ’n’ Roll High School The 1980s.  Fightin’ the Man.  The Ramones.
Almost Famous Kate Hudson’s spot-on performance as Penny Lane (not a groupie, a “Band-Aide”).  Philip Seymour Hoffman as Rolling Stone and CREEM’s Lester Bangs (watch for the diner scene when he comments about controversy).  Frances McDormand as the quirky, over-protective mother to Cameron Crowe’s character, a young writer who finds himself coming of age on the road with the emerging band Stillwater.
Standing in the Shadows of Motown R&B.  Motown.  The Funk Brothers.
School of Rock Jack Black as a substitute teacher: right there, you got me.  The scene in the van with Jack Black singing Led Zeppelin’s “The Immigrant Song.”  And again the hilarious Joan Cusack, this time as the uptight headmistress.
It Might Get Loud The Edge.  Jack White (you thought I was going to say Black, didn’t you?).  Jimmy Page. For the Bonus: Guitars…watch Jack White teach Jimmy Page and The Edge “Seven Nation Army.”
Learn more about the Music Magazine Archive.
Famous Literary Birthdays
Jan 1, 1919-2010
Jan 6, 1878-1967
Jan 12, 1876-1916
Edgar Allen Poe
Jan 19, 1809-1849
Jan 27, 1832-1898
On This Date in History…
Jan 11, 1978
Song of Solomon wins the National Book Critics Circle award
Jan 22, 1953
Arthur Miller’s “The Crucubile” premiered
Jan 28, 1813
Pride and Prejudice was published