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 I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir

They say there are no second acts in American lives, and third acts are almost unheard of. That's part of what makes Brian Wilson's story so astonishing.

As a co-founding member of the Beach Boys in the 1960s, Wilson created some of the most groundbreaking and timeless popular music ever recorded. With intricate harmonies, symphonic structures, and wide-eyed lyrics that explored life's most transcendent joys and deepest sorrows, songs like "In My Room," "God Only Knows," and "Good Vibrations" forever expanded the possibilities of pop songwriting. Derailed in the 1970s by mental illness, drug use, and the shifting fortunes of the band, Wilson came back again and again over the next few decades, surviving and-finally-thriving. Now, for the first time, he weighs in on the sources of his creative inspiration and on his struggles, the exhilarating highs and the debilitating lows.

Published by DeCapo Press on October 16th, 2016 and written with Ben Greenman.

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.

We love hoopla! 

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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