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 librarian‚Äôs standard Dewey Decimal classification system but gave up on that as ‚Äútoo much hassle.''
Meanwhile, our very own Aquiles can be seen on Canallondres.tv, talking about the Brazilian collections (in Portuguese).