The Rock N Roll Archaeology Project

Digging into Music, Culture & Technology

Why Archaeology? Because we intend to dig. This is an excavation and exploration of Rock N Roll. We start by asking: how does Rock N Roll affect the larger society, and how does the larger society affect Rock N Roll? We set a frame for our discussion: the years 1945 to 1995.

Rock N Roll Librarian Reads Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir

This week Shelley and Christian discuss Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. The legendary and iconic singer, songwriter, actress and activist offers a personal account of the journey that led her to become an international superstar.

After leaving her childhood home at seventeen, Cyndi took on a series of jobs: racetrack hot walker, IHOP waitress, and, as she puts it, “gal Friday the thirteenth,” as she pursued her passion for music. She worked her way up playing small gigs and broke out in 1983 with She’s So Unusual, which earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist and made her the first female artist in history to have four top-five singles on a debut album. And while global fame wasn’t always what she expected, she has remained focused on what matters most.

Cyndi is a gutsy real-life heroine who has never been afraid to speak her mind and stick up for a cause—whether it’s women’s rights, gay rights, or fighting against HIV/AIDS.

Published by Simon and Schuster on September 18th, 2012 and written with Jancee Dunn.

Disclaimer: The views expressed here by Shelley Sorenson are made in her capacity as a private citizen, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the San Francisco Public Library or the City of San Francisco.

Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir
By Cyndi Lauper

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Borrow newly released and classic popular music albums via many public libraries. Download (or stream) on portable devices including smart phones and tablets, as well as computers for a one week period.  eBooks, comics, audiobooks, movies and tv shows are also available.

hoopladigital.com - click on "sign in", then "sign up now", then on the name of the library with which you have a library card.

Or visit sfpl.org and click on "eLibrary" to find hoopla and use it with your San Francisco Public Library card.

Check out Rock's Backpages!

Read over 30,000 articles on musical artists in all genres from rockabilly to hip hop by the finest music writers of the last 50 years on the Rock’s Backpages website.  The collection is strong in publications from the UK, and also features almost 500 audio interviews.  Full text, primary source, and fully searchable by artist, date, genre, keyword, etc.

Go directly to http://www.rocksbackpages.com/ to read free articles.  Or click on “subscribe now” then “Click here for academic and other group subscriptions” to find a list of libraries that subscribe.  If your library subscribes (and you are a member) you can access the entire library of articles!

OR, visit www.sfpl.org and click on “eLibrary” to find Rock’s Backpages and log in with your San Francisco Public Library card.  (hint: if you live in California, you may obtain a SFPL library card by visiting one of the locations.)

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