Earth Day and just a reminder of when the world saw the World for the first time. It was on the cover of the Whole Earth Catalog, – a NASA image that Whole Earth creator Stuart Brand had to pressure the government to release. Hard to imagine that no one had ever seen a picture of the earth before 1968.
These catalogs were the the gap between Diderot and d’Alembert‘s Encyclopédie and the Internet, helping hippies and the socially interested to do things on their own. Our collection of Whole Earth Catalogs is to remind you that ARC saves a wide range of cultural objects that are adjuncts to popular music and the times surrounding their creation.
Yet another reason to support Americas largest + best music library – independent and housing more than 3 million recordings. Join our fundraising campaign Rebuilding the ARC and Read the latest story about this project in Rolling Stone Magazine!
See a few of our favorite discs in our film below.
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In the past few months we’ve gotten 40,000 CDs from the estate of Richard Zirinsky; 987 CDs from Kurt Carrington; hundreds of LPs from The New School Libraries; 1,127 LPs from Sarah Weingarten; and 5,099 country LPs from the estate of Lloyd Oliver Pierson. We received 6,884 LPs from Sheila Langan and 16,836 CDs from Jeff Daniel. Ira Berger’s Jazz Archive donated so many things, including more than 500 jazz books and magazines and 2,000 oral history tapes. In the pipeline that we need to pick up and make room for are 32,000 LPs from the estate of Saul Nowitz, about 7,000 discs yearning for us in LA , and a great(?) collection of who-knows-what from Indiana University.
That simple goal is to guarantee that the world’s musical heritage is preserved for future generations to study and enjoy. Visit ARC www.arcmusic.org/