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"... it was 20 years ago today"

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Album, The Beatles and the World in 1967, by Brian Southall, Charlesbridge, 2017.


New to the collection...

sgtpepperbkA carefully crafted and collectible volume celebrations the 50th anniversary of a legendary and groundbreaking Beatles album.

Expert Brian Southall's unique edition recounts the story behind the music and the cultural climate of 1967 when Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band debuted.  The -A-side- of this coolly curated title is all about the Beatles, the music on the album, the recording process, how the disc was received at the time and how it has been acknowledged as one of the greatest albums ever recorded.  The -B-side- looks at the state of the world in 1967, from the Summer of Love to anti-war protests to the launch of Rolling Stone magazine to Jimi Hendrix's first UK tour as a solo artist--and so much, much more.

Fascinating photographs and text build a complete picture of the world as it was when one of the most famous albums of all time was released. -- Goodreads

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For more Beatles...

See Bill Wyman's ranking of Beatles songs with commentary at

Find Beatles in the Plymouth District Library Collection of Music CDs and Nonfiction Books & DVDs.


Jazz! July 16, Noon to 9pm, at Schoolcraft College.

M Jazz Fest

The mission of the Michigan Jazz Festival, Inc., is to promote and encourage public interest, appreciation and support for jazz as a musical art form and a cultural resource. Toward this end, the organization will conduct an annual day-long Jazz Festival in the Southeastern area of Michigan. Various jazz artists and groups will be invited to perform. The event will be open to the public without cost to those attending.

Link to General Information about Michigan Jazz Fest and to the 2017 Program Guide (Schedule, Musicians, Sponsors, Map).


Michigan Philharmonic: An American Salute


Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 7:00 pm

Kellogg Park - Downtown Plymouth - FREE ADMISSION

Musical Selections:
Festival Overture on "The Star-Spangled Banner" ~ Dudley Buck
Crazy For You Overture ~ George Gershwin
West Side Story Selection ~ Leonard Bernstein
Sanford and Son Theme ~ Quincy Jones
Movin' on Up [Theme from The Jeffersons] ~ Ja'net Dubois & Jeff Barry
Prime Time Toon Revue ~ arr. Ted Ricketts
An American Symphony from "Mr. Holland's Opus" ~ Michael Kamen
Washington Post March ~ John Phillip Sousa
Our America ~ arr. John Higgins
Armed Forces Salute ~ arr. Robert W. Lowden
1812 Overture ~ Peter Illych Tchaikovsky
Stars & Stripes Forever March ~ John Phillip Sousa

For more information, please see Michigan Philharmonic online.

Detroit Music Weekend 2017: June 9 - 11

DetroitMusicWeekend2017Detroit Music Weekend is a new festival that will take over the city's theater district along Madison Street from Thursday through Sunday.  Conceived by Music Hall and coordinated with a host of Detroit cultural groups, the festival is a mix of free and paid events, featuring music, arts exhibitions and retail booths.  [, What You Need to Know, 6/4/2017]

Music Hall, with help from lead sponsors Southfield-based Lear Corp. and Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co., has put up about $500,000 to organize the event to celebrate rock, R&B, hip hop, techno, gospel and other genres Detroit artists have impacted. The festival will take place in the district bounded by Madison Street, Brush Street, Gratiot Avenue and Randolph Street, Centre Street and John R Street.  [Per Tyler Clifford writing for Crains Detroit Business 6/5/2017]

Check Event Schedule.

National Memorial Day Concert

afmilMemDaycrSunday, May 28, 8:00 p.m., WTVS Detroit

The National Memorial Day Concert features uplifting musical performances, documentary footage and dramatic readings that honor the military service of all our men and women in uniform, their families at home and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

See for details.  See Salute to the Services for description and audio recording of each Service's Song performed by each Service's Band.

"Music by the Art"


Saturday, May 27, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Matthew Ball plays boogie-woogie piano on the Library's porch (atop the steps) as part of the Plymouth Community-wide celebration of DIA Inside|Out.  If you're in the area, drop by and catch a few tunes!

Rhapsody: Music at the Library

Julie Beutel in concert...jbeutelpic

Sunday, May 21, at 3:00 p.m.

Singer, Song-Leader and Guitarist, Julie performs selections from her folk music repertoire including standards, spirituals, peace and protest songs.  Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Music in the Air... 2017

Friday Evenings, 7:00 p.m., Kellogg Park...



Language of the Spirit

New to the collection...

language spirit classicalmusicAn Introduction to Classical Music, by Jan Swafford, Basic Books, 2017.

Swafford thoughtfully examines the universal qualities in music - love, hope, exaltation, despair - and encourages us to see our own lives and feelings reflected in the magnificient sounds of artists such as Mozart, Brahms, Debussy, and Stravinsky.  Language of the Spirit is essential reading for anyone who wants to know more about this sublime art.  [Basic Books]

"After all," says the author, "one of the prime functions of any art is to show ourselves to ourselves in moving and memorable ways.

Pianist Emanuel Ax says of the author, "His series of short sketches of composers and their works ring true and, more importantly, send you running to listen to the music for yourself."

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Rhapsody: American Songbook of Jazz

The Paul VornHagen Quartet, Sunday, April 23, at 3:00 p.m.

musical staff elabJoin us at the library and enjoy the music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk and others, in an American Songbook of Jazz standards with Paul VornHagen on saxophone, flute and vocals, Phil Kelly on keyboard, Rob Crozier on bass, and Scott Kretzer on drums.  Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.