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 of the Polley Music Library show, we talked about “Music to Silence to Music,” the biography of bassist Henry Grimes. His life stor...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2023
  • Length: 28:30
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library show, we talked about a great new book that investigates a range of music produced by members of the As...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2023
  • Length: 28:17
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library Show, we talked about a fascinating new book that documents the fertile music scene that developed arou...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2023
  • Length: 28:27
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library show, we discussed the book "Sound Within Sound," which highlights 10 lesser-known composers from the 2...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2023
  • Length: 27:44
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library Show, we talked about some books that document the life and times of the raspy-voiced bard of blight, T...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2023
  • Length: 28:30
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library show, we talked about the new book "Artificial Music," a collection of essays that explore the impacts ...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2023
  • Length: 28:30
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library Show, we had a fantastic talk with Cisco Bradley, author of "The Williamsburg Avant-Garde," a phenomena...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2023
  • Length: 28:41
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library show, we talked about "A Mind-Body Deal," the new book about percussionist and polymath Milford Graves....

  • Added: Apr 25, 2023
  • Length: 28:29
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library show, we talked about a new book in the "Decades" series that documents the band Faith No More and thei...

  • Added: May 02, 2023
  • Length: 27:59
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library Show, we talked about the new book "Overtone Singing," a comprehensive tome that addresses the physics ...

  • Added: May 06, 2023
  • Length: 28:29
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library Show, we talked about the book "Songs of Earth," which is an updated version of song collector/folklori...

  • Added: May 13, 2023
  • Length: 27:30
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On this episode, we discussed the new book "Dance-Punk," part of a new series of "Genre" books from 33 1/3. We discussed the history of dance-punk ...

  • Added: May 20, 2023
  • Length: 28:29
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library show, we talked about International Drum Month, and discussed just a few of the many books we have at t...

  • Added: May 27, 2023
  • Length: 28:30
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library Show, we talked about our songwriting/composing club, an upcoming songwriting workshop about "four chor...

  • Added: Jun 03, 2023
  • Length: 27:29
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library Show, we looked at the new book "Music for Prime Time," which documents the rich history of music writt...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2023
  • Length: 28:30
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library Show, we responded to a listener request about trees by looking at environmental soundscape recordings,...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2023
  • Length: 28:35
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library Show, we talked about "The Mandorla Letters," the new book by flautist and composer Nicole Mitchell Gan...

  • Added: Jun 24, 2023
  • Length: 27:30
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library show, we talked about "Beautiful Dreamer," the first biography of guitarist and composer Bill Frisell, ...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2023
  • Length: 28:30
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library show, we discussed the book "Who Cares Anyway: Post-Punk San Francisco and the End of the Analog Age" b...

  • Added: Jul 08, 2023
  • Length: 28:23
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library show, we talked about the book "Recombo DNA," an in-depth biography of the band Devo that focuses on th...

  • Added: Jul 15, 2023
  • Length: 28:31