America's Music: A History of Our Popular Music

America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway

Celebrate America’s music! America's Music is a six-week series of public programs created by the Tribeca Film Institute™ in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in consultation with the Society for American Music.

The programs feature documentary screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th century American popular music. The six sessions will focus on uniquely American musical genres: blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock 'n' roll, and mambo and hip hop.

America's Music Programs

These videos feature library programs from the America's Music series.

Library Online Resources

Get lost in a world of music with these helpful resources available with just a click. Load up your MP3 player with free music or discover more about noteworthy musicians past and present with our online services.

Freegal Music

Visit Freegal for thousands of recordings by your favorite artists. Log in to Freegal Music with your library card number and PIN and begin downloading! Current limits are set at five downloads per week and unlimited streaming. Also available in Spanish!

Music Online

African-American, American, Classical, Contemporary, Opera, World Music all are available for online listening. Create your own playlist of personal favorites or check out the downloads for the week. Search by subject, historical event, genre, people, cultural group, place, time period, or ensemble. You can also send an audio track, album, or playlist from our streaming collections to your mobile device for your listening pleasure.

Decades Database - the 20's to the 90's

Each volume covers the history and culture of each decade. Just enter a search or select Decades below the search box to browse through a vast amount of information about American culture in each time period.

Music in the Library

From hip-hop to opera, and from acoustic to hard rock, you'll always find music at OCLS. Browse past performances from our Music in the Library series.

Library Materials

Be the first to listen to new releases from today’s chart toppers and recording artists. Enjoying your favorite musicians on demand has never been easier or more affordable. Find what you’re looking for faster and more efficiently by using these materials.

New & Popular Music

Browse the newest CD titles to arrive at the library. Locate the nearest copy and check it out or place a hold and have the CD delivered right to your door!

Concert DVDs

Check out these live concert DVDs. This collection features an array of artists in multiple genres.

Musicians and Musical Groups

From Satchmo to Eno, read up on musicians and musical groups with these titles.

Websites

Tribeca Film Institute - America's Music

Get to know more about this public program being offered at only 50 sites across the United States throughout 2013. Discover more about the selected films, participating locations and the Tribeca Film Institute.

National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation and public programs. Learn more about their current projects as well as how to apply for future programs.

American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is a non-profit organization based in the United States that promotes libraries and library education internationally. Providing support for libraries across the country, ALA provides resources for public programs, services and much more.

Mobile & Social

Freegal App for iOS | Freegal App for Android

The Freegal offering includes many of today’s top artists, a fantastic retrospective collection, and music from around the world. Use the Freegal app to access the library's music collection on the go!

Facebook

Get face to face! Like OCLS on Facebook and gain access to exclusive news, photos, videos. Watch OCLS in your newsfeed throughout the series as we share set lists, ask interactive questions about your favorite musicians, play trivia and more as part of America’s Music.

Twitter

Follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the library. Tweet us your favorite song lyrics, tell us what musicians are the best to follow and keep track of programs and special guests that will participate in America’s Music.

Pinterest

Addicted to Pinterest? Start building up a new music pin board with exclusive photos provided by the sponsors of America’s Music. Also check out what cool ideas and inspiring photos we have already shared for your repinning pleasure.

 
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