The U.S. is often credited for at least three unique C20th art forms: Jazz, Comic Books, and Rock and Roll. I'm sure I'll get round to the first two at some point (especially underground comics), but there have been a clutch of rock-related British Library (and library) news stories that I can't resist linking to.
Firstly, the Libertines reunion was partly inspired by a visit to the Library's Treasures Gallery, reveals Carl Barat:
Where were you when you got the call about reforming the band?
I was at the British Library. I was pottering around, looking for the John Lennon lyrics but they seemed to have moved them, so I found myself looking at old, vellum-y Bibles.
(The lyrics are still there.)
Secondly, reveals The Star, Kate Moss's 'fella... Jamie [Hince], 40, wants to take the 36-year-old on a trip to the British Library'. Hince has an A-Level in English Lit. At the moment they could take in the Chopin exhibition, and shortly, the great-looking Maps exhibition. I'm sure Tom, one of the curators who is now blogging, could be induced to do a tour.
And, thirdly, Keith Richards has revealed that he dreamed of being a librarian before finding some success in the music business. The Sun quotes Richards as saying, 'When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.' The Times offers some further bibliographic detail on what does sound like a genuinely interesting collection: 'The guitarist started to arrange the volumes, including rare histories of early American rock music and the second world war, by the librarianâ€™s standard Dewey Decimal classification system but gave up on that as â€œtoo much hassle.''
Meanwhile, our very own Aquiles can be seen on Canallondres.tv, talking about the Brazilian collections (in Portuguese).