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The first British ‘blues boom’ - and the reception of African American music and dance in 1920s Britain

Friday, May 26, 2017

British Library VOC/1923/GILBERT Guest blog by Lawrence Davies, current Edison Fellow and PhD student at King’s College London. Lawrence has contributed a chapter on British Blues to a forthcoming volume of the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World...

Commemorating Russia’s last coronation

Friday, May 26, 2017

On 26 May 1896 (14 May old style) Nicholas II was crowned ‘Tsar of all the Russias’ in the Cathedral of the Dormition in Moscow. Nicholas had acceded to the throne in November 1894, on the death of his father...

Slave, scholar, stoic

Friday, May 26, 2017

‘Some things are in our control and others are not … the latter should be nothing to you.’ This wise statement begins the Enchiridion of Epictetus, a Stoic philosopher. Epictetus had some experience of hardships being out of his control:...

An Ode to Early Record Catalogues

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thomas Henry is a collector of 78 rpm records based in Paris who has carried out extensive research on the history of sound recording through his blog Ceints de Bakélite and his interactive mapping project Disquaires de Paris. With a...

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