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B. George, Director

B. George is the Co-Founder and Director of the ARChive of Contemporary Music. The initial donation of 47,000 discs that began ARC came from his personal collection.


You Sure That’s The Correct Number?

Today Sothebys Auction House auctioned off the Hip-Hop classic, “Beat Bop” to benefit The ARChive of Contemporary Music. It was donated by Cory Robbins, the founder of Profile Records.   It sold for $126,000.00 Here’s the dope : Rammellzee vs K-Rob “Beat Bop”… read more >>

Cupolas 4

It’s not often you get to ask folks to have a look at your cupolas.  But here ya’ go.  Just painted in the newly renovated temp ARC office.  Still in an undisclosed location on the Hudson.  This is our 19th c. Piggery. … read more >>

A Label is Born

Before they rocked the world of Hip-Hop, the boys in the dorm issued this very Punk single.  It’s the first Def Jam seven-inch release : Hose. Mobo // Girls / Zoo. (7″ 45 rpm, no mfg. #, matrix DEF-SP-1, no date [1982]). … read more >>

As I slowly catalog our Punk era singles I am amazed by the value of these scarce, independently released, 45 in ARC’s collection.  These are not the mass produced and widely promoted bands we are familiar with. These are releases by mostly… read more >>

9:40 pm – Time to Start Work

9:40 pm.  3 screens running – the Yankees game, the nominating roll call at the Democratic convention, and the ARC singles database.  Going through a stack of 45s I start cataloging a few from Girls At Our Best and the first disk… read more >>

Dead But Not Forgotten

Not the Grateful Dead cover band but an LA punk group formed 1977, and this was their only single. While the “Kill the Hippies” cover catches your eye, the b-side sound of “Brainless” is the weirder wonder, with some nice arty No… read more >>

The above is not a minimalist canvas, but the cover of a scarce Bauhaus release.  I discovered it while going through our Punk era singles.  We’re cataloging this large group of 45s in preparation for a graphics book on our collection, and… read more >>

ARC on the Telly

Hi!  For the last 35 years, the ARChive of Contemporary Music has preserved over 3 million records in its Tribeca facility, making it one of the largest record collections in the world. Now, rising rents are driving ARC out of New York… read more >>

C+C = Celebratin’ + Catalogin’

Well I haven’t worn shoes for a week as I go into the 4th of July weekend!  And it will be a few weeks before we can start workin’ at the new ARC.  So I thought I’d pass the time on my… read more >>

Juneteenth et Midsommar

Juneteenth marked the final day of ARC @ NYC. Here’s Fred + B (above) finishing a clean sweep of our White St. home of nearly 20 years on White St. Remember the main room?   Now it looks this-a-way. For more than 40… read more >>

The End Days Are Upon Us!

Well it may seem like the End Days are here out on the streets, but they’re pretty real down here at the ARC. Here’s a pic of some of the empty shelves that we’ll be taking down today. So far we’ve loaded… read more >>

Sleepin’ on the job

As you know we are loading a 26′ van a day for 30 days and quite a few small vans are making deliveries to our new home.  Even Paul Stanley is plain tuckered out!  And this is what it takes to keep… read more >>

Giving Tuesday, but…

Well there are so many heartfelt pleas going out today.  For healthcare, healthcare workers, food aid, education, candidates who actually could make things better.  So after you help them, consider the ARChive. We are relocating.  We love New York City. It’s been… read more >>

Gettin Loaded

Well here’s the crew – Ray, Corey and David loading the first truckload – first of 24 – out of the City and to our new location Upstate.  And the very first batch ready for cataloging?  The Forbes Elvis Presley UK Collection…. read more >>

ARC still GOing

Well ARC is busy packing up for our move to our new home.  One thing we discovered is a few boxes, much used and re-used, the above from 1989, when we moved from Chambers St. to a desolate Crosby St.   Looks… read more >>

ARC is GO!

Well ARC is busy packing up for our move to our new home.  Bad timing, but we have no choice. Of course it’s hard for everyone these days, we understand that. We hope you are all staying safe. But we do need… read more >>

Trippin’

OK, You can’t take a trip to Europe this summer – uh, anywhere really.  Not ARC.  We gotta move and we’re packing it all up and outa here by June (maybe).   One great donation off the shelf and into the boxes… read more >>

Home Alone

Well we’re not quite home yet.  I’m here at ARC, alone, so as to keep others safe.  I live a few blocks away and can walk here without any contact.  I am safe and not a danger to my neighbors.  So…. here’s… read more >>

A Clean Slate + A Great Match

The board above shows us that schools have closed down and our 9 interns are now safe at home.  Bad luck for everyone everywhere.  Even our latest hire is now quarantined.  On the bright side Benevity today announced they will make matching… read more >>

Packin’

Last weekend we had 8 folks sorting 45s on Sat, 10 on Sunday.  Great fun.  Pizza for everyone.  You shoulda been there.