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Hear Professor Emeritus Jim Leary on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Central Time, speaking about preserving folk culture–including his work on the Local Centers/Global Sounds project Mills Music Library and The Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures are undertaking thanks to an NEH grant.

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  • There’s a #partyinthelibrary going on right here! From our Popular Sheet Music Collection: Celebration, words and music by Ronald Bell and Kool & the Gang; Hialeah, FL: Columbia Pictures Publications, 1980. [ID:PopularMusic.pop001557.bib] @uwdigitalcollections Favorite detail is the tempo marking: Moderately. #koolandthegang #sheetmusic #popularsheetmusiccollection #millsmusiclibrary
  • Nothing fishy or plain here—just another #marbledmonday offering, the spine of which says simply Poisson Plain-Chant. The full title: Traité Théorique et Pratique du Plain-Chant, appellé Grégorien, Dans lequel on explique les vrais Principes de cette Science, suivant les Auteurs anciens & modernes; on donne des Regles pour la Composition du Plain-chant, avec des Observations critiques sur les nouveux Livres de Chant, by Léonard Poisson. Paris: Chez P. N. Lottin, & J. H. Butard, 1750. [Locked Case MT860 A2 P6] #marblingpaper #marbling #leonardpoisson #plainchant #millsmusiclibrary
  • Otis Redding died 50 years ago today, when his plane crashed into Lake Monona. He and his band the Bar-Kays were on their way from Cleveland to Madison to play at The Factory, a live music venue on Gorham Street—where A Room of One’s Own and Avol’s Books are located currently. Also dying in the crash were four members of the Bar-Kays: guitarist Jimmy King, tenor saxophonist Phalon Jones, organist Ronnie Caldwell, and drummer Carl Cunningham; their valet, Matthew Kelly; and the pilot, Richard Fraser. Only trumpeter Ben Cauley survived. Our memorial includes the 4-CD box set Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding [COMP DISC 11048] and The Otis Redding Story, by Jane Schiesel; Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1973. [ML420 R295 S3] #otisredding #thebarkays #madisonmusichistory #millsmusiclibrary
  • New Book. Last Night at the Bassline, text by David B. Coplan; photography by Oscar Gutiérrez. Auckland Park, South Africa: Jacana Media Ltd. [ML3509.S68 J643 2017] Coplan recounts the history of Bassline, a jazz venue opened by Brad and Paige Holmes in 1994 in Johannesburg’s Melville suburb. They later moved it to Newtown, where it grew in prominence. It closed in 2016, so the book is both memoir and requiem. #lastnightatthebassline #southafricanjazz #jacanamedia #millsmusiclibrary
  • This #marbledmonday offering comes from Volume I of Modern German Music: Recollections and Criticisms, by Henry F. Chorley. London: Smith, Elder, 1854.[Locked Case ML275.4 C55]. “My book is not one for the scholar, but for the listener,” Chorley writes in his preface. One for the looker as well! #marblingpaper #marbling #henrychorley #millsmusiclibrary