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Friday, January 6, 2017

Countdown to Magic

This will be magical: "The DC Public Library Foundation is set to release a compilation album featuring several luminaries of the DC music scene entitled ALB’s Rock the Stacks. The release will come in both vinyl and digital format. The Foundation will host a local music festival and release party at the MLK Library on February 24, 2017. The proceeds of the album and all events surrounding it will go to the DC Public Library Foundation. ALB’s Rock the Stacks came together in memory of Annie Lou Berman, an essential member of the DC creative community and board member of the DC Public Library Foundation, who succumbed to cancer earlier this year.

Some of Berman’s favorite bands have donated recordings to the project while others collaborated to make fresh recordings in the state-of-the-art Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library recording studios. Some of the bands and musicians appearing on the album includeThievery Corporation, Deathfix, Fort Knox Five, Shortstack and Small Doses. The release party will feature many of the bands on the album, including Elmapi, Furniteur, Warm Sun and The ALB Allstars (a supergroup of members appearing on Rock the Stacks).

The project is being headed by a committee that includes Anna Fuhrman (Proper Topper),Brendan Canty (Fugazi, Deathfix), Jim Thomson (Gwar), Ben Gilligan (musician and restaurateur), Vida Russell and Jerry Busher (Deathfix, French Toast) as well as members of the library and Berman’s family members, including husband MJ Berman, sister Johanna Howe and cousin Kevin Bayly.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Uncensored Part 2: Songs for Banned Books & Freedom

We are pleased and honored to be co-hosts for UNCENSORED, a party to kick off Banned Books Week and to benefit the DC Public Library. Books are such a vital part of our lives and our business; we are deeply alarmed when the people who oversee the education of our children deign to limit access to them.

For this playlist, we’ve chosen songs named for great books that have been banned or challenged by school systems in the US. We hope you'll read (we’ve included a choice passage from each work), listen (spotify player below), enjoy -- then join us this Friday night at Martin Luther King Library for music, art and crafty cocktails. Tickets are available online or at the door.

Cheers.

 

Animal Farm by George Orwell
1. Animal Farm – The Kinks
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” – George Orwell

 

Howl by Allen Ginsberg
2. Howl – Florence + The Machine
“What is obscenity? And to whom?”  - Allen Ginsberg

 

The Call Of The Wild by Jack London
3. The Call Of The Wild – David Byrne
“He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.” – Jack London

 

Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
4. Stranger In A Strange Land – Blitzen Trapper
“The slickest way in the world to lie is to tell the right amount of truth at the right time - and then shut up.” ― Robert A. Heinlein

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Uncensored: A Playlist for Banned Books Week

In celebration of Banned Books Week, we (HUGE book fans, all of us) are doing all sorts of bookish things. We all went to the Uncensored bash at MLK Library last Friday evening, a preview party for Banned Books Week, sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation. It was the coolest spot in town (full disclosure, we helped host the event ...), featuring provocative art and music and literature and drink. You gotta love provocative drink.

And now, we are pleased and proud to present a guest playlist composed by DCPL's own Tony Ross. Enjoy.

Playlist: Uncensored

A BRIEF HISTORY OF BANNED AMERICAN MUSIC IN 10 SONGS

Selections and notes by Tony Ross, DCPL Librarian

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

a-hatting (+ a-biking) (+ a-reading) we shall go!

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Monday, December 12, 2011

bookish monday.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29th, 2010welcome weekend.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28th, 2010things mom will adore, installment #2. (so much for ever making the &quot

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3rd, 2010 ooh, what're you reading?

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