The Joplin Public Library just got a bit more country, and a lot more rock and roll. Because of a wonderful grant, the library was able to purchase more than 150 new audio CDs to increase its already widespread and diverse collection. The purchase includes some of my favorites from over the years:
• Bob Dylan: “Love and Theft,” “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” “Bringing It All Back Home,” “Blonde on Blonde.” What is there to possibly say about Bob Dylan? Everyone knows who he is, and whether you love him or hate him, there is no denying his importance in the second-half of twentieth century popular culture.
While the Beatles were singing three-chord love songs, Dylan was digging deeper, mining society and his own personal psyche for timeless songs filled with lyrical poetry the likes of which had never been heard before. Including the above-mentioned career highlights, the library now owns more than ten albums by this eternal troubadour.
• Motorhead: “Ace of Spades,” “No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith.” Motorhead has been loud, brash, rude and “in yer face” for more than thirty years now. Always working just outside the mainstream of pop culture, they nonetheless have built up a huge cult following throughout their career.
Of their remarkably consistent recorded output, these two albums rank amongst the best. In fact, if “Ace of Spades” had been the only song the group had ever recorded, they still would have gone down in heavy metal history.
But they were able to back that classic track up with long-time Motorhead standards such as “We Are the Road Crew” and “Jailbait.” The live “No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith” perfectly captures the manic metal energy of the band’s first lineup, and features numerous tracks from the just-released “Ace of Spades” plus earlier cuts. The album remains one of the most thrilling live recordings of all time.
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Achievements (July 20)
The following people were recognized in the Joplin Globe for the following achievements.
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