#TBT: Happy Birthday, David Crosby!

Musician David Crosby on stage playing guitar.

David Crosby—whom Rolling Stone called “…the golden years of rock's unlikeliest survivor”—turns 75 this Sunday, August 14. For this Throwback Thursday, let’s take a look back at his lengthy career. While he spent his younger years playing in a folk duo in the Los Angeles area with his brother Ethan, it wasn’t until Crosby wound […]

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A Little Bit of Vinyl Love

record player

Back before MP3s, before CDs, even before cassettes, there was the record. The visual and tactile experience as well as listening to the record itself is magical. And many people make the argument that the best way to listen to music, if you are not listening to it live, is to listen to it on vinyl. That magic […]

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#TBT: Happy Birthday, Tony Bennett!

Tony Bennett performing

Singer Tony Bennett celebrated his 90th birthday Wednesday, so for this Throwback Thursday post, let’s look at Tony through the years. Born and raised in Queens, Bennett started his career as a teenager singing in restaurants while waiting tables. He later sang in military bands while serving in World War II, but his big break […]

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For Fans of Stranger Things

Stranger Things

Are you obsessed with Stranger Things? Netflix's bingeable new series starts with a search for a missing child and leads to psychics, conspiracies and monsters. If you, like many fans of the addictive show, are looking for what's next, here are some recommendations for books and music. (In the spirit of Netflix, I’ve also noted if […]

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#TBT: Composer, Songwriter Cole Porter

Cole Porter

You might love Cole Porter without even realizing it. The composer and songwriter's theater legacy includes musicals Anything Goes and Kiss Me, Kate and songs "In the Still of the Night, "I Get a Kick out of You" and "It's De-Lovely"—and that's just a taste of his work. He's also known for covers by powerhouses like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. […]

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#TBT: Miles Davis: 90th Birth Anniversary of the Cool

Miles Davis

Even if you don't think you like jazz, I bet you've heard of Miles Davis. As one of the most important musicians of all time, jazz or otherwise, his music and influence can be seen everywhere. For example, Davis' Kind of Blue can be heard in movies like Pleasantville and television shows like The Wire. […]

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#TBT: Singer, Actress, Icon: Cher at 70

The First Time book cover

Cher may be the ultimate entertainer. She's such a force that it's hard to say what she's best known for: singer, TV personality, movie star, fashion icon, maybe even Twitter user! So, what do you think of when you think of her? Do you hear her singing "I Got You Babe" with Sonny, or maybe […]

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#TBT: Charlie Parker’s First Recording


For today's Throwback Thursday, let's remember jazz musician Charlie Parker (1920-1955), who first recorded 75 years ago on April 30, 1941. Charlie Parker was a legendary Grammy-winning jazz alto and tenor saxophonist who, with Dizzy Gillespie, created the musical style called bop or bebop. Celebrate the musical talent of Charlie Parker with these library materials. Archives Charles Walton Papers are an […]

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Guns N’ Roses Reunion Coming to Chicago

Appetite for Destruction cover

Even if you couldn’t stomach the hefty fees for the upcoming Guns N’ Roses show July 1 at Soldier Field, you can still experience the life and times of "the most dangerous band in the world." The gritty group came from nothing, living and practicing in a storage space, forced to eat onions out of a […]

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#TBT: Lady Gaga Is Born

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For this Throwback Thursday, I'd like to look at the stratospheric rise of Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, who turns 30 on Monday, March 28. In less than a decade since her first album, The Fame, Lady Gaga has made an indelible mark on pop music, even drawing comparisons to Madonna. There has […]

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