Tuesday, October 22, 2019

My Recent Trip to The Museum of the City of New York Prompted Me To Do Follow-Up Research the Performing Arts Library of NYPL.

One of the exhibits at the Museum of the City of New York demonstrated photographs of Frederick W. McDarrah in the Village Voice.  I never read that newspaper regularly throughout the years, but seeing that exhibit piqued my interest.  I spent some time with the following book.

Frankfort, E. (1976). The Voice: Life at the Village Voice. New York: Morrow

The Village Voice that commenced publication in 1955 upstarted the careers of rock critics including Richard Goldstein and Robert Cristgau.  The editors of the paper did not cultural accept the folk music of the early 1960s.  The editors felt that the folk music destroyed civic life in the neighborhood.  The newspaper was aimed at readers in that iconic neighborhood in the 50s and 60s.  In later years people outside Greenwich Village read the paper as well.

The Voice loudly celebrated Bob Dylan as his celebrity magnified.

While I was at the library I listened to an interview with Pete Fornatale by Rolling Stone Magazine in 1980 as they discussed his book Radio in the Television Age.

I also stopped by the exhibition about the famed Broadway producer Harold Prince.  It detailed the genius and innovative vision of Prince.

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