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 traveled back in time to early 20th. C. Italy, where the Futurists were dropping manifestos and proposing exciting new ideas th...

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  • Added: Feb 24, 2024
  • Length: 28:27
  • Purchases: 1
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On this episode, we discussed the book "Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America," which investigates the rise, fall, and retur...

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  • Added: Feb 17, 2024
  • Length: 28:28
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On this episode, we talked about the new book "Well of Souls," which dives further into the earliest history of the banjo than anyone has gone befo...

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2024
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 1
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On this episode, we looked at the autobiography of Stuart Braithwaite, founder of the long-running post-rock band Mogwai. We listened to some of th...

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  • Added: Feb 03, 2024
  • Length: 28:29
  • Purchases: 1
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On this episode, we looked at the book "Now and Forever," one of the first book-length investigations into the many ways that loops (repeated audio...

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  • Added: Jan 27, 2024
  • Length: 27:58
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On this episode, we talked about "The Story of the B-52s: Neon Side of Town," the first critical biography of "the world's greatest party band," wh...

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  • Added: Jan 20, 2024
  • Length: 27:45
  • Purchases: 1
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library Show, we talked about the new book "The Needle and the Lens," which explores pop songs used in film. So...

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  • Added: Jan 14, 2024
  • Length: 27:32
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On this episode, we talked about the book "Krautrock," a recent addition to the 33 1/3 "Genre" series that explores the history and influence of Ge...

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  • Added: Jan 06, 2024
  • Length: 27:34
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On this episode, we talked about John Luther Adams and his biography, "Silences So Deep," which focuses on his time living in Alaska between 1978 a...

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  • Added: Dec 30, 2023
  • Length: 28:33
  • Purchases: 1
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On this episode, we talked about the new book by Rachel Beckles Willson, called "The Oud: An Illustrated History." This book might be the first in-...

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  • Added: Dec 23, 2023
  • Length: 27:42
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On this episode, we talked about the new Harvey Sachs book "Schoenberg: Why He Matters," which looks at the life and music of a composer who is one...

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  • Added: Dec 16, 2023
  • Length: 28:39
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On this episode, we talked about the book "Radio Art Zone," which is both a survey of what's happening in radio art, and part of a 100-artist radio...

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  • Added: Dec 09, 2023
  • Length: 28:29
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On this episode, we talked about the new book "High Bias: The Distorted History of the Cassette Tape," which explores the many ways that the humble...

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  • Added: Dec 02, 2023
  • Length: 28:12
  • Purchases: 1
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On this episode, we talked about ambient and pop music polymath Brian Eno's Diary, which was recently re-published in a special 25th anniversary ed...

  • Added: Nov 25, 2023
  • Length: 28:30
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On this episode, we talked about Cosey Fanni Tutti's new book Re-Sisters, which intertwines her own life and work with that of electronic music pio...

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2023
  • Length: 28:29
  • Purchases: 2
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On this episode, we talked about the book "Dissonant Landscapes," which explores how Icelandic musicians are often discussed in relationship to the...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2023
  • Length: 28:30
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On this episode, we discussed the book "Sound Actions," which reduces musical activity down to its most essential components so that we can re-conc...

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  • Added: Nov 06, 2023
  • Length: 28:27
  • Purchases: 1
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On this episode, we talked about "Beneath Missouri Skies," a biography of jazz guitarist Pat Metheny's early years growing up in Lee's Summit, Miss...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2023
  • Length: 28:31
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On this episode, we talked about the new book by veteran music journalist John Robb, which features a selection of artist profiles from throughout ...

  • Added: Oct 21, 2023
  • Length: 28:35
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On this episode of the Polley Music Library Show, we discussed a new book that delves into the discography of Aphex Twin, a pioneer in IDM and dril...

  • Added: Oct 14, 2023
  • Length: 27:47