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Why You Should Support Libraries

OK – Saw John Wick 3 last night. In the opening fight the protagonist kills an antagonist, quite brutally, with a book, in the Main Branch of the New York Public Library. The uninterrupted action was believable of course because no one… read more >>

War + Music

A recent donation here at the ARC included 500 jazz books.  One of them was by a journalist I had once met in Paris, Mike Zwerin.  The book reminded me of a new acquaintance, Amanda Petrusich, who has just published a terrific… read more >>

Speaking of Matching!

This is the final week for our Matching Grant Fundraiser and today we just happened to find a whole pile of Matching 45s!  These 1956, all-different Belafonte singles sport the same face photo sleeves, not to mention some gentle folk-revival and Caribbean… read more >>

Turn Up The Volume!

Resurrecting those 60s psychedelic posters from the basement last week also turned up a pile of late 70 this-and-thats.   Like this first edition of VOLUME by the ARC director. We’ll have them at our next sale  –  June 8-23 –  for… read more >>

Still Grand via the Grande

Grand Funk is getting ready to rock out at Jones Beach Theater (opening for Bob Seger) in Wantagh, New York, on May 30, at 7:30 PM.  In 1968 (?) it would have cost you $3.00 – $3.50 to see the band in… read more >>

Wonderful + Ephemeral

Here’s a streetart homage to Amy Winehouse at the Portobello Market area, London, in 2011 that we shot shortly after her death.  ARC not only saves the real, but the ephemeral, including graffiti and all sorts of painted and scribbled imagery.  … read more >>

Better Red Than Dead

As we celebrate a purely American Holiday, May Day, ARC found this very nice Commie sleeve, one of the many we were donated from a 78 collection in the EU.  So admire the sleeve and remember that in the fight for an… read more >>

Empty the Garage – Fill the ARC

Sometimes ya gotta kick the dead rat out of the way to get to the stax o’ wax.  The latest dusty snap from out West as former archivist and longtime pal Jon (not pictured) risked Jacob’s ladder in search of black gold…. read more >>

Tunes YOU Missed

Sleeves from the “Tunes You Missed” series of 45s that just arrived from a donor in LA.  Forgettable releases – fabulous graphics.  ARC saves everything music related.  Give us a hand and join our fundraising campaign Rebuilding the ARC Any and all… read more >>

Nina et Les Beatles

Today, Nina (last name a State Secret) one of our favorite people, dropped off a pile of her treasured 45s. Mighty tasty items with a French twist and only the beginning of more things to come.  Can’t wait to see her Beatles’… read more >>

Earth Day

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… read more >>

Congress Usta Carry a big (fire) Stick…

THE report has been issued.  Just as I found this LP at a Goodwill.  ARC BELIEVES YOU CAN LINK GOODWILL AND CONGRESSIONAL ACTION!  So don that furry hat of Crockett, Franklin and Rousseau!  Remember; you got to fight for your right to… read more >>

All Things Must Pass

We get a lot of things a lot of times.  That gives the things ARC treasures a better chance of surviving.  We also try to place them in a few different locations. The Notre Dame fire brings it all home; how important… read more >>

Record Store Day Beer

Visited Gerosa Records in CT – a fab place – on Record Store Day. GO for the NEW, stay for the BLUES!    But the REAL find of the day was 45rpm beer – the perfect complement to any platter… We’re independent… read more >>

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 >>