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Rock On! “Stairway to Heaven” Turns 50

This blog post takes a look at “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin on the eve of its 50th birthday. Materials from the NLS Music Collection on rock music and guitars are featured.

New BARD Additions: January 2021

Today’s blog post rounds up all the new digital acquisitions and digitized items added to BARD in January 2021 by he NLS Music Section.

Flashing Back on Jimi Hendrix

In this week’s NLS Music Notes blog, learn about the incredible artistry of Jimi Hendrix–who challenged most preconceived notions of popular music in the 20th century to create a new space for music appreciation.

American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: T (Part 2 — TATUM, Art)

In this week’s NLS Music Notes blog post, learn more about the exceptionally gifted blind pianist, Art Tatum.

The French Connection: French Composers for Organ

This blog post looks at the life of two renowned French composers for organ (Louis Vierne and Olivier Messiaen), and their compositions in the NLS Music Collection.

Song Stories: Two Tales of September

For this week’s NLS Music Notes blog, our series “Song Stories” looks at two different takes on the month of September.

Remembering “Pershing’s Own” on Independence Day: Military Band Music in the NLS Collection

Independence Day has many associations: fireworks, barbecues, parades, and iconic military bands. In this week’s NLS Music Notes blog post, Carter Rawson explores the history behind one of our greatest national treasures, the United States Army Band.

Song Stories: Time Out for “Take Five”

As with many songs, “Take Five” has a story that is more encompassing than just the notes on the page or the sounds from a recording. It talks about overcoming obstacles, articulating a creative vision, and seizing upon spontaneity. In this week’s NLS Music Notes Blog, our series “Song Stories” explores the “Cool Jazz” standard, “Take Five.”

Song Stories: April in Paris

This week, as part of our series, “Song Stories,” learn more about the origins of the melody and lyric that lifted the spirits of the world during the Great Depression: “April in Paris.”