Archive for rare collections

unread, unread, unread

Posted in Art & Photography, Music with tags , , , , , , on October 13, 2017 by phanteana

since it’s Friday the 13th and all, it only makes sense to post something Halloween-related….but instead of bombarding y’all with Jason Voorhees memes, let’s talk about this monster of all coffee table books being (appropriately) released for pre-order on Halloween.

Bauhaus (specifically Peter Murphy) have been in my collection and my heart for decades. they are the band that started it all. without them, none of the artists they influenced would exist. i have seen Bauhaus as a collective twice during their resurrection, and separately (again, specifically Peter Murphy) on more occasions than i can count (most recently was the summer tour of Poptone and their re-imagined versions of some notable works). they may have long since called it quits, but the boys of Bauhaus* still know how to market themselves. well done, gentleman.

 

 

*i was at this performance…still seems like only yesterday, even though it was almost 20(!) years ago.

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Send(ak) in the clowns

Posted in Art & Photography, Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , , on July 10, 2017 by phanteana

there are plenty of authors, actors, musicians, etc. who have passed on yet they still manage to crank out bodies of work long after they’ve physically departed this world. JRRT released a best-selling book this year, despite the fact that he set sail for the Grey Havens in 1973. the more recently-deceased Maurice Sendak will also be publishing a new illustrated book set for next year…although, it’s not entirely new. it was actually conceived in 1990, but the manuscript was set aside and discovered when the author’s former assistant was sorting through Sendak’s papers following his death in 2012.

throughout his career, Maurice Sendak was no stranger to the infamous Banned Books List. several of his stories were deemed too disturbing for his target audience, but that didn’t seem to put a dent in his reputation. only time will tell if the new one, titled Presto & Zesto In Limboland, will be among those controversial classics.

hey, Beastmaster’s (still) on

Posted in Film, Library Science stuff with tags , , , , , on June 8, 2017 by phanteana

 

as technology and media continue to advance forward in new formats, the VHS tape still lingers as a reminder of the past (especially since HBO isn’t showing Beastmaster ad nauseum anymore) thanks to organizations like the VHSPS. but the folks at VHSPS aren’t the only ones working hard to preserve the life span of videotapes; meet the XFR Collective, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving at-risk A/V media through digitization services and education.

according to a recent interview with NPR, the life span of a videotape is decreasing, thus resulting in a “magnetic media crisis“. most VHS tapes typically don’t last more than 15 years (i managed to hold onto a copy of this gem for 13 years before it set sail for the Grey Havens). this is where the fine folks of the XFR Collective come in to reverse the aging process. it can be painstaking work, but it’s also a labor of love as many of these archivists, technicians, and librarians grew up with VHS tapes and are fighting the good fight to see them continue to bring joy to nostalgia-obsessed audiences everywhere…and while it might not have the same effect as it did 30 years ago, we can still say “hey, Beastmaster‘s on.”

 

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“hey, we’ll still be on!”

rock you like a…

Posted in Library Science stuff, Music with tags , , , , , on May 26, 2017 by phanteana

do you have a vast knowledge of music? do you enjoy cataloging library resources and giving tours? are you willing to brave brutal Midwest winters, sticky summer humidity, and swarms of Cleveland Browns fans to get to work everyday? if so, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is looking for a librarian*!

for those about to apply, we salute you.

 

*this posting has been up for quite awhile, so clearly they still haven’t found what they’re looking for.

 

 

a lending library of coziness

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , , , on March 29, 2017 by phanteana

ever go to the library in the summertime to escape the heat and cool off with a good book, only to be frozen by the air-conditioning? or maybe you’ve ducked in during the winter, but are still shivering from the outside elements. some libraries offer coffee (just don’t drink it near the computers) to perk up their chilly patrons, while others provide free lunches to kids during summer vacation. then there’s the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, whose staff have taken to lending hand-knitted shawls to researchers spending hours in the library’s reading room. since temperatures have to be kept at a certain level in the reading room to protect the rare books, patrons are prone to feel a bit cold. but the shawls, designed by the room’s Head of Circulation, will help keep them nice and cozy.

burnin’ for U(K)

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on November 28, 2016 by phanteana

Punk has always been about rebellion and protest against mainstream society, especially in the United Kingdom. there are people who worship the music/lifestyle, and there are those who despise it. but one individual might have taken his disdain for it a little too far: by burning a personal collection valued at nearly 5 million pounds(!), or around $6.25M(!).

so who is this perpetrator? a fellow named Joe Corre, who happens to be the son of the late Malcolm McLaren, the former manager of the Sex Pistols. apparently, Mr. Corre feels strongly that Punk was “never meant to be nostalgic“, and thus is willing to torch a 40-year legacy over his beliefs. Corre has also been slammed by his late father’s former client, John Lydon, who had some choice words for Corre in a recent NME article.

somewhere, the ghost of Sid Vicious is weeping…or plotting revenge…or just passed out.

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loving the alien

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on July 14, 2016 by phanteana

Sweden is known for many things: coffee, ABBA, fjords. but UFO’s aren’t commonly associated with this Scandinavian nation, unless you live in or visit the town of Norrköping (pop. 126,000), located less than 2 hours south of Stockholm. it is here that you’ll find The Archives For The Unexplained (aka the UFO Archives), which are housed in storage facilities located in the basements of apartment buildings, whose residents may or may not be aware of what’s underneath them. the library was founded in 1980 by Anders Liljegren and two of his friends when they were in their early 20’s. today, the archive holds about 20,000 items in its unique collection, and Liljegren is its administrative manager who also gives curious parties guided tours of the archive. as of a few years ago, the organization expanded its collection outside of the UFO scope and now accepts materials on topics ranging from the paranormal to unproven mysteries such as the Loch Ness Monster, giving this otherwise quiet city something to talk about. most people outside of Sweden probably aren’t aware of this archive’s existence but thanks to Internet research, hobbyists who are interested in science fiction can dig deeper into learning about this archive, even if they don’t get a chance to visit it in person.