Let’s Go Crazy! Prince’s New Albums Are Here!

No need 2 panic. No need 2 flip … ‘cuz if u love the funky beats of the 80s and the originality of Prince, then you’re probably as thrilled as I am to know that he’s coming out with two new full albums, Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum, at the end of September. The library already […]

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Elvis Releases First Single

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On the evening of July 5, 1954, Elvis was in Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, recording some tracks. During a recording break, he began playing around with the tune "That's All Right (Mama)" on his guitar, a song written by blues artist Arthur Crudup. Elvis’ fast version of the song caught the attention of Sun […]

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Soundtrack for the Puerto Rican Day Parade

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For me, June means beautiful weather, weddings and the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Since 1981, this ethnic parade celebrates the culture of the Puerto Rican diaspora that chose Chicago as their home, my family included. Nowadays the parade marches down Paseo Boricua, which is located on Division Street between the huge steel flags on Western Avenue and […]

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Music To Run By

As someone who can't bring themselves to run unless a zombie from World War Z is chasing, I obviously need a little motivation. Like many of my fellow joggers on the lakefront, I like to plug in the earbuds and drift into my own personalized music video. Fortunately the library has thousands of CDs and downloadable music  available. It's a […]

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The Pixies’ Doolittle Turns 25

The Pixies' sophomore album, Doolittle, released on April 18, 1989, turns 25 this week. I stumbled upon this information recently and my first thought was, "I'm really old,” but then I was transported back to high school, a time when I must have played the album hundreds of times. Music has an amazing ability to induce […]

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Fifty Years of Beatlemania!

The Beatles arrive at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City on February 7, 1964

Fifty years ago this April there was a new sound on the airwaves. It came to the United States from Great Britain and was inescapable on the radio and television, often accompanied by the shrill screech of millions of teenage girls. It was the sound of the British Invasion and it was lead by the […]

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The Music of Mad Men

"When did music become so important?" Don Draper asks Megan in season five. Megan hands him a copy of the Beatles’ Revolver and tells him to start with the final track on the album. Don drops the needle, and "Tomorrow Never Knows" blasts out of the speakers. Don settles back in his chair with a drink […]

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Love Songs for the Doomed

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When I was in high school, this boy I knew made an amazing mix tape full of goth-y, brooding love songs for his then-girlfriend. I think she dumped him. I may have swooned and then asked for a copy of the mix tape for myself. He never did ask me out (HIS LOSS), but I […]

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What Do You Know About the Grammys?

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The 56th annual Grammy Awards are coming up in a matter of days. At this year’s ceremony there are 88 awards. We all know the “Big Four” general field awards: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. And some of the genre-specific awards—Best Pop Solo Performance, […]

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Sympathy for the Devils: The Dangerous Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones have been called the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” for nearly 50 years and are considered a musical institution. Two fascinating works worth checking out chronicle their wild years as young men trying to conquer the world. The Book As Stanley Booth notes on page 160 of The True Adventures of the […]

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