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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.


It’s Official

It’s Official – Today, The New York Times became the Onion – the headline reads : “Study Links Drop in Test Scores to a Decline in Time Spent Reading” And may we suggest: “Music Linked to Instances of Listening”

Tis the Season…

  Tis the Season. This time of year every night is party night in the city. Tuesday it was The Gish Prize ceremony for Laurie Anderson. The event began with a short piano solo by Phil Glass, lots of nice words and… read more >>

Record Hound of Barcelona

As you all know that Spanish visionary, A. Gaudi, loved his music. Some insists he was a serious trance + techno fan, sneaking off to rave the Balerics between concrete pours. But I’m convinced it was the fandango that fueled his modernist… read more >>

Graffiti Artists

This is from Barcelona, where I’m not exactly sure they are referencing the band, but, hey, maybe… So lets see some other graffiti from bands around the world! We would love to publish your photos on our webthing, or, just see if… read more >>

Sputnikary

For more than 20 years now ARC has been setting aside singles and LPs, sheet music and CDs, all with space age themes. The goal is a gallery show, when we gets a gallery, titled, “Music of the Spheres.” What better time… read more >>

That Transitional Time of Year

Yes, once again, as we drift through time, and green turns to brown, its the soothing T-Rex sound of “Celebrate Summer” that prepares us for the shock of Jackie Gleason’s raucous “Autumn Leaves”. T.Rex. “Celebrate Summer” / “Ride My Wheeles” EMI, MARC… read more >>

popPULPmusic

By now you’ve all seen our collection of French pulp paperbacks at ouiouipulp.com, but did you know we also have pulled together a few of our favorite paperbacks pertaining to music? Oh sure we have 25,000 old fashioned popular music books here… read more >>

I WAKE UP SCREAMING

The world’s first post-modern film is I Wake Up Screaming from 1941. The culture-quotes are relentless, beginning with the Gershwin-esque music intro, a quick take on Pygmalion/Galatea, a restaging of a Hopper diner scene, a protagonist named for a early Renaissance Florentine… read more >>

One Billion Year Old Run-off Groove

Thirty years ago today the US Government launched Voyager 1, a spacecraft designed to provide data on Jupiter and Saturn. By now scientists expected Voyager to be damaged or lost, yet it is still zooming through space, more than 10 billion miles… read more >>

Brooklyn Baseball

Well the Sox are in town, and baseball fever grips the ARC. Fred, our archivist, is star (only) softball pitcher for the “The People”, who ended the season tied for first place (MAYBE a playoff?) in the amateur Zen League last evening… read more >>

Relax with Reveen

Don’t MIND me…

Accept it; he is the Master of Self-Suggestion. Nay, the Impossibilist. But, relax? This Reveen is in the Valley of Creepsville. The Latinate vocal pace is, we hope, slightly, electronically altered slowspeech that one could imagine the devil or an alien brain-only… read more >>

“Some are dead and some are living…”

Silence of the lambs… Yes it was lug nuts in the carcasses last weekend at the more-or-less annual Lamb Roast and Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Party upstate at Breezy Hill Orchard near Poughkeepsie NY. Tell me Clarice, how noisy are those… read more >>