Polley Music Library

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The Polley Music Library Show discusses music books from a wide range of genres, along with playing music relevant to the artist, style or instrument being discussed. The program occasionally interviews musicians and authors as well.

Since 2019, The Polley Music Library in Lincoln, NE has produced this weekly half-hour radio program that focuses on music-related books, an area that has received very little consistent coverage, yet has a broad appeal to music fans and musicians alike. Covering a wide range of musical genres, artists, instruments and musical perspectives, the program makes listeners aware of music-related books they might find interesting, and connects talking about the books with playing music related to each book’s subject area to provide a full context. Most episodes start with 5-10 minutes of talking about a book or books, followed by music.

The Polley Music Library is the public music library of Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln, Nebraska. The music library features a circulating collection of music books, printed music, and compact discs, along with digital collections, non-circulating reference materials, and music magazines. The Polley Music Library answers music-related questions, and provides other services, such as tours and programs. Polley Music Library is a service of Lincoln City Libraries funded by the Lillian Helms Polley Trust. Hide full description

Since 2019, The Polley Music Library in Lincoln, NE has produced this weekly half-hour radio program that focuses on music-related books, an area that has received very little consistent coverage, yet has a broad appeal to music fans and musicians alike. Covering a wide range of musical genres, artists, instruments and musical perspectives, the program makes listeners aware of music-related books they might find interesting, and connects talking about the books with playing music related to each book’s subject area to provide a full context. Most episodes start with 5-10 minutes of talking about a book or books, followed by music.The Polley Music Library is the public music library of Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln, Nebraska. The music library features a circulating collection of music... Show full description


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On this episode, we talked about "The Notebooks of Sonny Rollins," the new book of selected entries from Rollins' 50 years of personal notebooks ed...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2024
  • Length: 28:43
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On this episode, we talked about the new book "Pierre Boulez: Organised Delirium," which examines the early compositional career of Boulez from the...

  • Added: Jul 06, 2024
  • Length: 27:28
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On this episode, we talked about the new book "Take This Hammer: Work, Song, Crisis," a bold look at our contemporary music making and listening ha...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2024
  • Length: 28:30
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On this episode, we talked about Hawkwind, the legendary space rock and proto-punk band, and a new book that takes readers through their voluminous...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2024
  • Length: 28:24
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On this book, we talked about the new Simon Reynolds book "Futuromania," which looks at the notion of "the future" as it has manifested in pop musi...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2024
  • Length: 28:30
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On this episode, we talked about YouTube music influencer Andrew Huang's foray into the music book world, "Make Your Own Rules,' a book packed with...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2024
  • Length: 27:27
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On this episode, we talked about "Earlier," the new memoir by music journalist and musician Sasha Frere-Jones. We listened to some of his music, too.

  • Added: Jun 01, 2024
  • Length: 29:26
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On this episode, we talked about the new book "Lit-Rock," a collection of essays that explore the many ways that literature and pop/rock music have...

  • Added: May 25, 2024
  • Length: 27:28
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On this episode, we talked about the book "The Free Musics" by Jack Wright," one of America's foundational free improvisation artists who is still ...

  • Added: May 18, 2024
  • Length: 28:29
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On this episode, we talked about a new installment of the 33 1/3 Genre series that explores the short-lived but influential German musical style Ne...

  • Added: May 11, 2024
  • Length: 28:25
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On this episode, we talked about the new book "Living Space" by Michael E. Veal, which is a thorough and creative examination of John Coltrane's fr...

  • Added: May 05, 2024
  • Length: 28:27
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On this episode, we talked about producer Ian Brennan's new book "Missing Music," in which he discusses his latest song collecting activities durin...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2024
  • Length: 28:31
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On this episode, we talked about the book "The Musician as Philosopher," which explores several important musicians who worked in the New York City...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2024
  • Length: 28:13
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On this episode, we talked about the book "Transfigured New York," which features interviews with NYC experimental musicians of the 1980s, first fe...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2024
  • Length: 27:36
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On this episode, we talked about the new book "Rock Guitar Virtuosos," an academic book that acts as a study of old and new guitar shredders, what ...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
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In this episode, we talked about the new book "3 Shades of Blue," which discusses the careers of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Bill Evans, and th...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2024
  • Length: 26:57
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On this episode, we talked about the book "The Underground is Massive," which charts the foundation and development of Electronic Dance Music (EDM)...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2024
  • Length: 28:30
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On this episode, we talked about the book "Subcontinental Synthesis," a collection of essays that document a brief period where a Moog Synthesizer ...

Bought by Raven Radio


  • Added: Mar 16, 2024
  • Length: 28:52
  • Purchases: 1
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On this episode, we talked about the book "The Past is Always Present," which documents Orthodox chant practices among the monasteries of Mount Ath...

Bought by Raven Radio


  • Added: Mar 09, 2024
  • Length: 27:24
  • Purchases: 1
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On this episode, we talked about a recent book that gathers all of David Bowie's interviews with BBC television and radio into one handy and very r...

Bought by Raven Radio


  • Added: Mar 02, 2024
  • Length: 27:45
  • Purchases: 1