The Percussive Arts Society (www.pas.org) is the largest network of percussionists around the world. The Society publishes Percussive Notes, Percussion News, and the PAS Online Research Journal. Headquartered in Indianapolis, IN., the Society fosters growth in the art of drumming through workshops, concerts, and festivals. Its new museum “Rhythm! Discovery Center”will open this month on November 21st. Each year PAS inducts new members into its Hall of Fame. Induction is the highest honor given to individuals whose careers have had a significant impact on percussion performance, education and research. This month French percussionist Jacques Delecluse and Mickey Hart were celebrated as the newest PAS Hall of Fame inductees.
Henry Diltz’s 1985 close up shot of a laughing Tina Turner just lights up the Brooklyn Museum‘s new show Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History 1955 to the Present. Touting this as the first major exhibit on rock & roll “to put photographers in the foreground” the Museum also proclaims that these “images communicate the social and cultural transformations that rock fostered since the 1950s.” The exhibition runs through January 31st, and there is an excellent companion catalog written by Gail Buckland and published by Knopf that illustrates over 200 photographs from the show.
So you think we’ve found some odd items in the Grateful Dead Archive? Well, as marvelous as some of our realia is, we really cannot compete with the posters of Jackie O in the buff found in the archive of Andy Warhol. We were recently reading about what archivists in the Andy Warhol Museum have uncovered: shopping bags stuffed with well… stuff, thirty silver-white wigs, 4,000 audio recordings, and then there are the “Time Capsules” filled with the detritus of Andy’s daily events and adventures. To find out more it’s really fun to visit: http://www.warhol.org/collections/archives.html
UCLA Professor Leonard Kleinrock is known as one of the “fathers” of the Internet. Now his original computer the “Interface Message Processor” along with other artifacts will be part of UCLA’s Kleinrock Internet Museum and Reading Room. The museum commemorates the first computer message sent out 40 years ago in October 1969. To mark the event Kleinrock was interviewed by Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/sunday/commentary/la-oe-morrison-use24-2009oct24,0,3095224.story
Kleinrock talks about that first message, e-mail, and what the Internet has begotten. As regards privacy concerns in cyberspace, Kleinrock says he is relaxed about it because none is left. He takes the advice of John Perry Barlow …”the only way to have privacy is to expose it all and then you have nothing to hide.”