The No. 2 Pencils Can Wait a Bit
Peg Bessette Knight
We interrupt the anniversary of the Summer of Love with a public service announcement dedicated to reclaiming August as an actual summer month.
The fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love should be reason enough to hang on to this summer as long as possible, but we thought we’d better not take our chances. As makers of academic databases, we love learning more than most, but why not squeeze in a few more cannonballs while we can?
In a world where back to school marketing begins in late July and end caps at stores flip from Christmas ornaments to Valentines supplies in the blink of an eye, we at NA Publishing would like to reclaim August as a bona fide summer month. It is, after all. So do not let the school supply circulars cheat you out of the last gasp of summer 2017. To paraphrase Martha Reeves, “Summer’s [still] here, and the time is right for dancin’ in the streets.”
You may or may not have one more summer road trip in you, but there is time for one.
This salute to summer aside, we wanted to take a moment to update you on our ongoing projects here at NA Publishing because playing hard is not mutually exclusive with working hard, and we have some great progress to report.
Ongoing Project Updates
- Publishers Weekly Digital Archive (1872-2013) is progressing nicely, and is approximately 77% live. Upon completion, this archive will be the only cover-to-cover digitally searchable record of the entire run of Publishers Weekly—a true chronicle of publishing in the United States, Canada, and even the United Kingdom over nearly a century and a half.
- Music Magazine Archives continues to grow. Focusing on Rock, Folk, and Hip Hop & Rap initially, this resource provides a unique look into the very transformative late 20th and early 21st centuries in U.S. history. Representing three very distinct cultures and musical genres, these three collections are united by an ethos of dissent, taking on the establishment from unique perspectives with very unique voices.
- MMA: Rock is exceeding its originally planned scope of 75,000 pages and will actually exceed 100,000 pages. There are currently 74,000 pages live in the database.
- MMA: Folk is more than one third complete and is estimated at approximately 75,000 pages upon completion.
- MMA: Hip Hop & Rap is slated to include approximately 75,000 pages upon completion and will include titles such as Wax Poetics, Headz, Ozone, The Hype Magazine, and DJ Times. One recent title we are excited to add to the mix is Scribble, focusing on the graffiti culture as it relates to hip hop and rap.
So enjoy your last bit of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of love. We will be working hard to complete these digital resources, and to begin our new resource, Left of Liberalism: Marxist-Socialist Newspapers, 1900-2015.
Famous Musician Birthdays
August 9, 1963-2012
Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly
August 11, 1978-2013
August 16, 1958
August 19, 1945
August 22, 1963