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.
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.
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 three downloads per week. Also available in Spanish!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Image credits: Louis Armstrong, ca. 1930s Courtesy Frank Driggs Collection; "DJ KSlay" - photo by Henry Chalfant; Linky Hoppers ca. 1938 - photo by Cornell Capa.
OCLS would like to thank our partners in this program series: