One of the highlights of my career was recently getting to interview DJ, author and sports announcer Bobbito Garcia for a
One of the things Bobbito and I discussed during the interview was our appreciation of liner notes – the stories often written on vinyl album sleeves. Liner notes provided the lost back stories about the album that would otherwise not be known. One of my favorite album covers is from Jimmy Smith’s 1958 "Home Cookin'" LP. It hangs on the wall above my desk. On the cover, jazz organist Jimmy Smith stands in front of "Kate’s Home Cooking" a Harlem, New York restaurant. I've always loved the fact that two
I learned from the liner notes on the back of this album that the restaurant was considered "soul station" to many musicians in the neighborhood of Harlem's Apollo Theatre in New York City. This insight helps me imagine that that likes of Count Basie, Art Blakey and Horace Silver – all artists mentioned in the notes as frequent guests at the restaurant – could have enjoyed a
The "Home Cookin'" album was dedicated to the restaurant’s owner, Kate O. Bishop, "in recognition of a certain brand of culinary art," jazz journalist Ira Gitler wrote in the liner notes. The music "approximates the feeling her cuisine imparts." It's great to understand the significance of Kate's Home Cooking, and it’s cool to see that
Without those liner notes, I would never have that context.
Each year we work with partners to showcase our original
Andy Warhol was the father of the Pop Art movement and began painting his famous series of
Andy Warhol discovered photography later in his career and by the time of his death, had over 50,000 photographs in his collection. Warhol took a camera with him everywhere he went capturing the personalities he met at The Factory or out on the town. Each night, he would have the negatives developed and the next day would select the images he wanted printed. One print would be made and marked with Warhol’s stamp on the back. This selection of photographs shows the variety of scenes where
On April 23, 1985, The
While these items are can only be seen at our headquarters building, I am hoping to be able to create a traveling exhibit to make them available to a broader audience. ^TR
We need your help! Readers of this blog will know that we are closet
"foodies" and a number of our posts and videos in the past have focused
We are trying to gather a list of places across the US (or even anywhere in the world) that either use
Our Summer Intern, Ginny Van Winkle mapped out the 40+ locations we have identified. Take a look at the map as you are planning your travels and share this blog with you friends and lets
see if we can get a nice list of interesting places for
Send your restaurant suggestions to gvanwinkle@
Last year, The
This is all cool, but what does it have to do with the
We only started the list with forty musical acts, and now we are inviting you to add more. Just think of an artist who appeared in an ad, search for a song of theirs on Spotify and click the add button to add it to our Placelist.
For the can collectors out there, keep your eyes open for the Spotify slim can that was introduced in England last week. They look pretty cool. I am trying to get some for the Archives collection. ^TR
A few weeks ago the
I don't know if a can like this will ever make it to market, but we are excited to have the prototypes and will be creating a display at our headquarters building and hope to find a place for them at the World of
June 7th is National Donut day, so it is time for my annual National Donut Day post. The art for today's post features a 1940 painting by Charles Heinzerling with our beautiful bell shaped fountain glass and a few donuts.
Ironically I am in an all day meeting and this piece of original art is hanging in the conference room where the meeting is being held. Now I will have to stare at these donuts all day before I can stop at Sublime donuts on the way home. ^TR
For years we have had the restored version of "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" ad on our companion YouTube Channel. As you would expect with one of the greatest ads ever made, it has always been one of the top performing videos on our channel. I recently noticed a spike in comments and views of the ad and I was curious to see where the traffic was coming from.
Today I found it! msn.com featured a story on the 12 greatest advertising jingles. The story was written by Bruce Kennedy. "Buy the World a Coke" was included in the list along with a few of the stories about the creation of the ad. I have to admit that Bruce picked a pretty solid list. I have been humming "You Deserve a Break Today" and "Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz" since I saw visited the site. What do you think of the ranking? ^TR
On May 12th,