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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.

Recently in @ ARC

Here’s a swell R&B release that recently arrived at ARC.  I found “Mexico/Dee I”  by the Rocketones at the recycling Center, the only record that was there that day.  Now this is a terrific bit of Doo Wop, only scarce because of… read more >>

A Few Unanswered Questions?

Where is the James Smithson of our times? Someone who sent a young Nation the money, to create a scientific institution, established “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge ….” Where is the Andrew Carnegie of our times? Someone who funded 2,509… read more >>

Natty or Nice?

Tis the Giving Season and he knows if you’ve been natty or nice!  So why not be both?  Consider a donation to ARC –  help us preserve all things musical.  We’re in the middle of our Capital Campaign and can use the… read more >>

Giving EVERY Tuesday

ARC’s not-for-profit status was granted on Nov. 24th, 1985. Sure we were collecting long before that, but now we were official. Since that time we’ve grown to be the largest popular music collection in the world with more than 3 million recordings…. read more >>

11 boxes of Gold Coins

In 1838 James Smithson’s estate sent the United States 11 boxes of gold coins. $508,000 then, worth about $16.5 million now. Smithson’s will stated it was “to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase… read more >>

1984 Wasn’t So Scary

As you all know ARC has been inundated with amazing collections lately.  The latest is from the wonderful Sarah Lazin, a leading book agent who established Rolling Stone Press and has remained an ARC pal for more than 30 years. Every year… read more >>

So you can Labor less

Well for Labor Day, trying to give everyone a little less WORK, and realizing that most of the coloring book pages I’ve been creating for Wax on Wax are detailed, for colored pencils. This one’s kinda casual for crayons.  Of course if… read more >>

Listen to 470 singles @ ARC – that’s ARCology

This playlist has been lovingly assembled by ARChivist Tim Broun as he began cataloging the first one hundred thousand 45’s here at the ARChive of Contemporary Music. As we do everyday, each record is individually processed, the donor noted, and in some… read more >>

From Her to Eternity

From Her to Eternity is the first comprehensive overview of all the pioneering women photographers who offer glimpses into the life – on and off stage – of suspicious characters, idols, movers, shakers, and mere geniuses.  It’s also ARC’s first traveling exhibition…. read more >>

Some Good Rainy Day News

Some good rainy Day News.  To date we’ve catalogued 5,322 LPs, 8,413 CDs, 2,542 seven-inch 45rpm singles, 1509 ten-inch 78s and 7 flexidiscs as part of the Keith Richards Blues Collection. All-in-all that makes 17,793 Blues discs housed here @ ARC.  Illustrated… read more >>


As you may know we cultivate obscurata along with the everyday.  You know, like the hundreds of classic James Brown recordings along with the variations that make our daily cataloging grind run smoother.  So today we added 14 just catalogued 45s featuring… read more >>

ARC mini Record Sale is back, sorta, kinda…

Like the label says, we’re joining some of our upstate neighbors on Memorial Day Saturday for a little get together.  This sale is organized by record maven + ARC’s number 3 essential employee, Tim Broun.  We’ll just be bringing 3 or 4… read more >>


No Maypole in the yard, but plenty of birds up here at the ARC.  Including these metal ones chirpin’ a Chilliwacky number.  Above image gives you an idea of how they will look in the coloring book we are creating, based on… read more >>

Donate and Save the Earth

“If you don’t take these we are going to throw them away.”   That was the message we got recently.  55,000 CDs.  AND we were given 18 days to accept and relocate the collection.  And it was a-way-out-west. 2,190 miles a-way-out-west.  After we… read more >>

What to do with that tax refund?

On April 7, 2023, the NY Post, posted this tid bit on the upcoming Adele stint, part of her ongoing “Weekends With Adele” residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, from June 16 through Nov. 4. These are the lowest priced seats… read more >>

Forget the Fabelmans, Here’s the Berkmans!

Sure it’s swell to find every Barry Manilow LP in an attics, but sometimes, just sometime the real treasure is a tad more exotic.  More electrostatic. More spaced out. So here a new pile Tim, Fred and b., painstakingly hauled out of… read more >>

J&L Berkman Collection – part 1

Well, it’s been a a while since our last post – but we’ve been busy.  And before we tell you about the 50,000 CDs we’re getting, here’s a bit about a sweet collection of more than 8,000 near mint or sealed LPs… read more >>

A Day In the Life…

Yesterday – After a day of chats and e-mails with land use attorneys, realtors, firemen, store owners, MIT, the estate, the charities registration office, the bank, zoning officers, Filemaker, record stores, auctioneers, employees, donors, grantors, family and friends, THIS petty bureaucrat, thinking… read more >>



We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends

As you can see I’ve drawn a few friends together for the Holidays. Since then they’ve been bugging me to remind everyone it’s Giving Tuesday. Sure it’s a sketchy holiday. Not very colorful. But it’s a nice way to remind everyone about… read more >>