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Miriam Makeba

It was sad to learn today that Miraim Makeba died.  ARC keeps running bios on many artists, so here is our last entry we did on Ms. Makbe, from 1999.  We’ll update again soon and send along. Miriam Makeba    South Africa nee… read more >>

The Whole World In His Hands

Watching the Dems wonderful halftime show in the stadium last night there was a little aside that was fascinating.  The starting point was the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington DC.   Margaret Warner, a  PBS… read more >>

Nigerian Musician Sonny Okosuns Dies

Nigerian composer, singer and activist Sonny Okosuns died May 24 in Washington DC of Cancer. Not well known in the States, Sonny’s great voice (the only African voice) may have been noticed on Sun City, the anti-apartheid album from 1985 or on… read more >>

Reflecting on the Sale…

The sale’s over. Next sale Begins Saturday, Dec 13. Just thought we’d toss out a few images before we get back to cataloging and caring for the world’s largest popular music collection. What can you do with those antique round sound thingies?… read more >>

All our Singles are Worthless Now?

As you may know the ARC was the reciepient of one of the best solid rock collections in the USA when Jeep Holland gave us his record collection. Jeep was also the mastermind behind A2 (squared) records our of Ann Arbor (A… read more >>

Dan Donates!

A good friend of ARC, Dan Zanes, has done the impossible; donated ALL, not some, no ALL of his LPs to the library. Sure he threw in a nice pile of CDs (841), but ALL’s a lot, or at least 1,954 discs,… read more >>

Ton o’ Tomes

Today we honor David Hinckley, of the New York Daily News. David has, over the years, contributed mightily to ARC. Unlike MOST critics, David neither sells nor hoards the swag and promos the recording industry sends his way. He reviews and comments… read more >>

Bell Biv DeVoe

While riding the 7 train into work today, I found a pair of business cards wedged into the plastic liner above the doors. You know the spot – it’s where you’d usually see fliers telling you either how to lose/gain 30 lbs… read more >>

Rubber Seoul

It was a proud and teary moment when we here at the ARC heard the strains of the Star-Spangled Banner played in Pyongyang, North Korea, last evening by a local band, the New York Philharmonic. It took me back to the early… read more >>

Smell of meat, tango

Recently, at Jazz Standard, (one of the best rooms for jazz in New York) I heard the Eternal Tango Orchestra. A plus is that the music from the enthusiastically carnivorous nation of Argentina was performed under the rib-infested Blue Smoke, a pretty… read more >>

the NICE

One of the nicest things about the ARC is the nice people who pop up over the Holidays, the nicest time of the year. So Here’s to jolly, saintly, James Doran, who gave us the nicest gift of all to round out… 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 >>