On the Queens Museum’s Ramones Exhibition

I hated the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was too cluttered. There were speakers everywhere blasting disjoint sounds that prohibited me from fully enjoying and engaging with whatever I was standing in front of at the time. Plus, the space seemed too confined. I visited a few months ago (in the days before the Hall’s class of 2016 was to be inducted, actually) and … Continue reading On the Queens Museum’s Ramones Exhibition

Finding Aid Friday: Queens Musicians Edition

This weekend I’ll be heading to the Queens Museum to see an exhibition on the Ramones, a local band started by guys from Forest Hills who had a song about Rockaway Beach and played at a small club in the East Village on occasion. In honor of this light shined on some good Jewish boys from the boro of my birth, I am devoting this Finding … Continue reading Finding Aid Friday: Queens Musicians Edition

On Interesting Archives Online, or “They Save That? Huh.”

I’ve come across many interesting institutions during my online wanderings and always poke around to see if they have an archival presence, either online or in real life. Arranged alphabetically, here’s a not-quite-an-A-to-Z of archives online that are illuminated pixels in the grand picture that is American life. Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. – Yes. THAT Alcoholics Anonymous. No, it’s not just a church basement operation. The site has a timeline … Continue reading On Interesting Archives Online, or “They Save That? Huh.”

On Pugilists on a Punk Poster, or More Boxing in Boxes 

I have previously mentioned my fondness for the fistic arts.  My online boxing finds are often added to my Pinterest, Boxing in Boxes, that’s focused on representations of boxing in library, archive, and museum collections throughout the world. You can imagine my glee when I was breezing through the latest issue of American Archivist (vol. 78, no. 1, spring/summer 2015) and saw two figures in an upright … Continue reading On Pugilists on a Punk Poster, or More Boxing in Boxes 

On Music, or Leonard Bernstein Is AWESOME!

The title says it all: Leonard Bernstein is AWESOME. My mom would play classical music whenever I was sick as a kid, Vivaldi’s Greatest Hits or something like that, because she said it was calming. I’d sit or lay there and listen. And think about it. People, apparently, took this sitting and listening (and thinking) as a sign of “Yep. She’s calm,” but I didn’t think any … Continue reading On Music, or Leonard Bernstein Is AWESOME!