Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


More Than A Feeling: RIP, Brad Delp

Boston lead singer Brad Delp has died unexpectedly at age 55. Boston is one of those bands whose sound was ubiquitous during my teen years thanks to classic rock radio stations (they're still mainstays of the one classic rock station left in Philly, actually), and no less a rock god than Kurt Cobain saw fit to rip off the churning riff of "More Than A Feeling" for "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Still, I'm sad to say I never knew Delp's name -- or indeed the names of any member of Boston -- until today. Although I heard them everywhere, all the time, they were not the kind of band that inspired slavish fandom in me, and yet, I know every word to their big singles.

I'm sure there are legions of Boston fans who are really & truly gutted by this news (don't get me wrong, I'm saddened, but not to the degree that tears are welling up), and they are the ones we should cater to. Haul out your Boston CDs and display them with his obituary. While you're at it, why not put together a display of CDs by other critically reviled, sometimes geographically named 70s bands of Boston's ilk? Here's a list to get you started:
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Journey
  • Foreigner (okay, now I have "I Want To Know What Love Is" stuck in my head. Gah!)
  • Toto
  • Styx
  • Free
  • Yes
  • Rush (a shout-out to my friends Carlie & Patrick, who don't know each other but who are huge Rush fans, for which I mock them without a shred of pity, but they know I love them, right? And hey, if Stephen Malkmus gives Geddy Lee some love, I guess they can't be all totally unlistenable dreck, she said super-graciously)

I'm sure I'm forgetting some. Commenters, fill in the blanks!

Meanwhile, here's Boston's All Music profile.

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  • At 8:10 AM, Blogger Kathy said…

    As a girl from Massachuetts who grew up on their music, I too was sad to see that he died - a great performer and that voice - ah- I rememebr the good times, seeing them 3 times in one week when they played the Worcester Centrum in 1987 for 6 nights straight (what else does a 17 year old have to do in Worcester, MA in the summer!)

  • At 1:57 PM, Blogger Chris said…

    "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas is forever linked in my mind with Boston.

  • At 3:49 PM, Blogger Sophie Brookover said…

    Heh. For me, "Dust in the Wind is forever linked to Will Ferrell singing it at Blue's funeral in "Old School".

    Kathy, I feel you re: Worcester, though I've only spent a little time there. My youngest sister is at college in Woostah, and one of my best friends from college is from there.

  • At 9:08 AM, Blogger Chris said…

    An Associated Press article says,
    " A lifelong Beatles fan, Delp also played with the tribute band Beatle Juice.

    Beatle Juice performed a benefit last year to help build a new public library in Atkinson, a small town of about 6,000 residents on the Massachusetts border."


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