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Originally released in the UK on May 26, 1967, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' landmark album. The U.S. release was on June 1.

A riveting look at the transformative year in the lives and careers of the legendary group whose groundbreaking legacy would forever change music and popular culture. They started off as hysteria-inducing pop stars playing to audiences of screaming teenage fans and ended up as musical sages considered responsible for ushering in a new era. The year that changed everything for the Beatles was 1966-- the year of their last concert and their first album, Revolver, that was created to be listened to rather than performed. This was the year the Beatles risked their popularity by retiring from live performances, recording songs that explored alternative states of consciousness, experimenting with avant-garde ideas, and speaking their minds on issues of politics, war, and religion. 

Tune in by Mark Lewisohn

Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Ten years in the making, Tune In takes the Beatles from before their childhoods through the final hour of 1962--when, with breakthrough success just days away, they stand on the cusp of a whole new kind of fame and celebrity. They've one hit record ("Love Me Do") behind them and the next ("Please Please Me") primed for release, their first album session is booked, and America is clear on the horizon.

Known as the Father, the Godfather, and the Prime Minister of Rock n' Roll, Chuck Berry's signature style of guitar play inspired musicians worldwide into the 21st Century.

"[Berry's] music was bright and clear, a hard-swinging amalgam of country and blues. More than 60 years later, it still sounds reckless and audacious." 

- Chuck Berry, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 90 

Good rockin' tonight: Recounts the glory days of rock's first golden age. Dick Clark recalls the origins of American Bandstand and for a spell, rock was dominated by teen idols and countless dance crazes like the Twist.

March is Music in our Schools Month. Music makers come from all cultures and backgrounds, and sometimes the music we enjoy the most comes from surprising sources. Check out some of the musicians and composers featured below. When possible, links to their music are also listed. 

A one-hundredth birthday tribute to the late jazz artist explores his observations about humanity's discriminatory and violent behaviors as well as his efforts to forge world peace through music with the Sun Ra Arkestra.

Listen: The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra

Describes how Juan García Esquivel, a Mexican composer popular in the 1950s and 1960s, developed his experimental style of music, based on mariachi and other Mexican music, jazz, the human voice, and the use of unusual instruments.

Listen: Nuevo (featuring Jean Garcia Esquivel)

Tells the story of Arthel "Doc" Watson, a blind country boy who found music in the sounds around him and learned to play that music on his guitar, eventually becoming a Grammy-winning musician.

The passing of Leonard Cohen, much like his music, leaves us with a heavy heart. We offer a variety of music and knowledge from and about Laughing Len, the Prince of Pessimism, the Godfather of Gloom, the Maestro of Melancholy, the Montreal Mensch, the Poet Laureate of Despair...

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Leonard Cohen, one of the most admired performers of the last half century, has had a stranger-than-fiction, roller-coaster ride of a life. Now, for the first time, he tells his story in his own words, via more than 50 interviews conducted worldwide between 1966 and 2012. In Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen, which includes a foreword by singer Suzanne Vega and eight pages of rarely, seen photos the artist talks about Bird on the Wire, Hallelujah, and his other classic songs. He candidly discusses his famous romances, his years in a Zen monastery, and his ill-fated collaboration with producer Phil Spector, his long battle with depression, and much more. You will find interviews that first appeared in the New York Times and Rolling Stone, but also conversations that have not previously been printed in English. Some of the material here has not been available until now in any format, including the many illuminating reminiscences that contributors supplied specifically for this definitive anthology.

I'm your man [videodisc] by Leonard Cohen

The life and work of Leonard Cohen is celebrated in Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man. The documentary also includes performances and interviews by artists that Cohen has inspired, including U2, Beth Orton, Jarvis Cocker, Rufus Wainwright, and more.

Hey Kids,

It’s Flag Day today, just in time to get everyone in a patriotic mood for Independence Day. On this day in 1777 the Second Continental Congress picked a flag for the brand-new country. I’ve included some helpful resources below in honor of Flag Day. Use them to earn a badge for Connect Your Summer, perhaps the Keep It Real badge for nonfiction, or Explore History, or even Be Creative if you read about Betsy Ross or Francis Scott Key. Listen to patriotic music to earn an eLectrified badge. If you have any questions about our Connect Your Summer program, please see any of our wonderful library staff members.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Books

Flag day by Robert Walker

Describes the holiday of Flag Day that occurs on June 14th every year to celebrate the creation of the United States flag.

The American flag by Debra Hess

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter decreed that the month of June would be a celebration of African-American music. Continue the tradition by exploring CDs, books, and movies by and about African-American artists. 

Books

This year marks the 100th awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes. The 2016 winners include:

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Winner of the Fiction Category, this is a gripping spy novel, a moving story of love and friendship, and a layered portrayal of a young man drawn into extreme politics,The Sympathizer examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today.

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Winner of the Drama Category, Lin-Manuel Miranda's landmark American musical about our founding fathers is a unique blend of history and hip-hop. The New York Times review stated that the show moved "to a new, fierce, liberating beat that never seemed to let up. “Hamilton” makes us feel the unstoppable, urgent rhythm of a nation being born."

Merle Haggard, the "grizzled country music legend" whose songs such as Okie from Muskogee and Fightin' Side of Me made him a voice for the workingman and the outsider, passed away on his 79th birthday thisa week. Haggard recorded more than three dozen No. 1 country hits in a musical career that spanned six decades, from the 1960s into the 2010s. (CNN.com)

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