Category Archives: Music

Keep Calm and Rock On, and on, and on: Aging in the Rock World

  “Hey, we just enjoy it. I think we think we’re getting the hang of this thing, you know?”  – Keith Richards The Rolling Stones Formed in London, England in 1962 by Brian Jones, the original lineup also consisted of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Ian Stewart. The Stones very first gig though, (and only that gig)featured Mick Avory on drums who later went on to drum...
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George Michael,1963-2016

Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, better known as the singer George Michael passed away this week. The man was supremely talented, with an incredible voice and sense of style that saw him become an icon. A leading voice throughout his career, his talent and presence will be long remembered. His influence on music and culture is undeniable. If you’re not familiar with his music, I’d recommend starting with his singles through Freegal...
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DC Comics’ Rebirth

We are excited to announce the addition of DC Comics’ “Rebirth” to our hoopla digital offering! As a patron of the Windsor Public Library, you now have immediate access to the entire “DC Universe: Rebirth Deluxe Edition,” a 96 Page Collectors’ version that features extensive bonus material not available on any other library digital media platform! Experience this one-shot DC “teaser” on your new mobile device this holiday season!Prepare yourself...
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Thanking Gord Downie – Celebrating The Hip

The Tragically Hip (check out their stuff here) have long held iconic status in the Canadian music scene. The group is composed of the legendary lead singer Gord Downie, and also includes the amazing  guitarists Paul Langlois and Rob Baker, the excellent bassist Gord Sinclair, and the incredible drummer Johnny Fay. For many, they are the ultimate Canadian rock band. Since 1984 they have released 14 studio albums and two live albums, 1 EP,...
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PRINCE – The loss of a great artist and amazing talent.

We lost a remarkable recording artist, musician, actor, songwriter, and mentor.  Prince died Thursday, April 21, 2016 at age 57.  Prince’s music gave a generation joyful dances as well as addressed serious situations such as abuse and alcoholism to name a few. Controversial at times, no one could deny Prince’s unique talents and amazing gifts.  He was a hard working artist.  Thanks for helping us ‘GET THROUGH THIS THING CALLED LIFE.” “Prince is...
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Freegal Music is Back…and Better!

Great news music fans! Freegal is back in the WPL eResource lineup, and it’s even better than it was before. Now you can download AND stream music and videos from many of your favourite artists. For you numbers people, Freegal offers over 9 million songs and 15,000 videos from 28,000 labels (including Sony Music) in over 100 countries. WOW. The numbers are impressive, but there is so much more. -You can stream music...
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New Addition at Central

You may have noticed new addition at the Central Library as we move towards our enhanced automotive archives collection. We have a new art piece! A painted “car” that prominently features the band the Motor City Five (often shortened to MC5). Which made me wonder who are the MC5 were and why the artist painting this car choose to honour them? The MC5 are, while not local to Windsor, from relatively...
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We’ve got the blues, and that ain’t bad

Legendary blues guitarist, B.B. King, died in his sleep at the age of 89 on Thursday night.  His passing and the coming of sultry summer heat are good reasons to celebrate the form of music known as the Blues. Delta Blues, Texas Blues, Chicago Blues — whatever your preference, there is a lot to enjoy. For a good selection of music by Mr. King, visit our e-audio collection provided by...
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A bit o’ Erin, for your ears

If you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, click on over to HOOPLA on our website to listen to the featured collection of Celtic Music.  Or if you search the music section for “Irish” or “Ireland” you can readily discover over 100 sound recordings by current and past artists.  You can hear traditional ballads, anthems and songs as well as tin whistle and fiddle compositions, dance music, and legends and folk...
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Musicians Turned Authors

Two weeks ago we celebrated the eightieth birthday of Leonard Cohen, the acclaimed Canadian author and musician. Cohen is one of those exceptional artists who produces amazing work in both the fields of literature and music. His novel Beautiful Losers is considered a classic work of Canadian fiction, while his volumes of poetry are also greatly acclaimed by critics and readers alike. Cohen is not alone in his multifaceted talents, but belongs...
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