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Roomful of Blues

HI! The ARC Website is undergoing a code update for the next few days – S0 Main Stories in the center are active, but our side panels are down for now.  You can still see and contribute to our fundraiser – Rebuilding… read more >>

Pearl Jammin’ on a Uke

We’ve shown you Labor Movement discs, turbans, garage rock, Reggae 45s and music from outer space lately, how about an example of one of our great signed items here at the ARC?    Beyond the more than 1,500 signed albums ARC also has… read more >>

Mountain Music in Manhattan

We’ve shown you Labor Movement discs, turbans, garage rock, Reggae 45s and music from outer space lately, how about an example of our hundreds of songbooks from West of the Hudson?  A major contributor to ARC  is Ed Ward, who along with… read more >>

NOT On Pins + Needles

Just discovered here at the ARC. As we were sorting Broadway albums we found this rare 12” 78rpm disc of  “The Red Mikado” (Labor Stage Inc, R-2147, 1939) from the stage production of Pins and Needles. It’s a song written by Harold… read more >>

Fluffy Memorabilia are US…

Did you know we collected Memorabilia?  Not JUST those round and square things, but fluffy and ragged things.  Like our Beatles’ sweat above.  As well as ticket stubs and handbills (below). Oh, and we also have very nice square things, like the… read more >>

Space Helmets vs Turbans

One of the main reasons we are asking for your help is Space. As Sun Ra said, “Space is the Place.” OK, a lot of people say that. But our rent in this space is sky-high (in Outer Space) and there are… read more >>

Outer/Outa Space

One of the main reasons we are asking for your help is Space. As Sun Ra said, “Space is the Place.” OK, a lot of people say that. But our rent in this space is sky-high (in Outer Space) and there are… read more >>

Rebuilding the ARC!

As costs and rents have skyrocketed we are launching a Go Fund Me campaign to help keep ARC alive.  Thanks to the generous support of The Jaharis Family Foundation the first $50,000 raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar.  We are also seeking other matching funds with… read more >>

Carnaval

Well its Ash Wednesday, and that mean farewell to meat, and let the fasting begin.  We prefer Samba to somber, so here’s a recent addition to ARC’s collection, a lovely Japanese pressing of Orfeu Negro (Philips, Japan, SFX-5034 (M), 12″ 33.3rpm, 1972). … read more >>

Another White Album

In homage to our pal Rutherford Chang, who is showing the project, “We Buy White Albums,” ARC offers the above – “We have Ventriloquist Albums.”   No one knows how they got here, but just one, Jimmy Nelson’s “Instant Ventriloquism” seems to be… read more >>

Queen’s Reign!

This is a double dose version of our weekly blog – what I did yesterday and in honor of the Queen biopic success at Sunday’s Oscars. Above is our signed copy of A Night At The Opera LP (Elektra, 7E-1053, 12″ 33.3rpm,… read more >>

We’re on the Right Track!

The weather is yo-yo-ing, no one has any idea where the government’s going, but the ARC is the Wendy Hiller of archives (Look her up. Hint : 1945).  Yep, on the good foot and the right track.  And here’s a few 8-tracks… read more >>

Things a Little Wobbly Here @ ARC

Fred and b. went into deep Brooklyn this week to pick up the second round of donations from Henry Finkelstein & Shirley Ranz.  You can now visit their Gallery of Activist LPs, from our first pickup and here’s a few images from… read more >>

This Just In!

Well the discs just keep on coming.  Here’s a pic of Seth, Fred and the delivery crew, Patrick, Robert + Tony, posing with 200 boxes–that’s 40,000 CDs.  This is The Richard W. Zirinsky, Jr. Collection generously donated by the family to the… read more >>

Happy 2019!

Here at ARC we wish to thank the folks who have helped out last year and hope everyone has a swell 2019.  The good folks at Dub-Stuy were one of the many supporters who lend a hand, and lent their great Tower… read more >>

ARC needs a HUG!

Arc needs a hug now and then.  Here’s Laurie Anderson hugging DJ Bunny Ears at our Benefit Dance Party.  They’re big ARC fans and we hope you will join them in supporting the ARC.  Help us grow and prosper.  We’re the only,… read more >>

Bongo X-mas!

“Just once I’d like to spend Christmas listening to carols instead of bongos!” Not me! Therefore I suggest you abandon those old saws and try a few new Holiday traditions, or at least films. Our go-to is “Bell, Book and Candle “(1958)…. read more >>

All This Weekend – 25% Off @ ARC

Hi everyone – It’s the final weekend of the ARC’s Sale and still plenty of swell records left at our Holiday Record and CD Sale.  So do drop by and support the library!  ARC is @ 54 White St, Tribeca. All weekend… read more >>

ARC Needs a Hug

Arc needs a hug now and then.  Here’s Laurie Anderson hugging DJ Bunny Ears at our Benefit Dance Party.  They’re big ARC fans and we hope you will join them in supporting the ARC.  Help us grow and prosper.  We’re the only,… read more >>