Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Today in Rock from Rock's Backpages

Rock's Backpages is currently experiencing sporadic technical difficulties which they hope to resolve shortly, but their "It Happened Today" list for July 13 is up and particularly vibrant. A few highlights, including how to explore these events further with the library's resources:

1936: Birthday of saxophone virtuoso Albert Ayler. The library has many recordings by him.

1937: Guy Hart of Gibson Guitars is issued the first patent on an electric guitar pickup, the Gibson EH-150 Pickup, also known as The Charlie Christian Pickup. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office web site has the patent with its illustrations.

1976: The first issue of influential UK punk fanzine, Sniffin' Glue, is published. The library has a reprint of its entire run, Sniffin' Glue: And Other Rock'n'Roll Habits: The Essential Punk Accessory by Mark Perry (ML3534 .P47 2009).

1985: The Live Aid concert benefitting Ethiopian famine relief is held simultaneously in London and Philadelphia. The library has the 4-DVD set of the concert that includes performances by U2, Madonna and many of the other biggest names of the era (DVD 1402-1405).

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