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Attention, music lovers! Did you know that thousands of classical and jazz albums can be streamed to your mobile device at work, home, or on the go? Apps for iPhone/iPad and Android are available for the Naxos Music Library and Naxos Jazz streaming audio databases. Follow the instructions below; your Stanford email address is required.


1. Open the Naxos Music Library (or Naxos Jazz) site on your desktop computer, using the link on this Music Library page:

2. Go to the playlists page -- the tab is one among many in the row near the top of your screen. You can create playlists on your desktop that you can access and share on your mobile device.

3. Click on "sign up" in the right top corner and follow the instructions. You must use your Stanford email, along with a password of your choice.

4. Install the app on your mobile device. iPad users please note: look for the app under the iPhone tab. This single app works on both devices.

5. Enter you user name (your email) and password in the sign in box. Log in just once; your settings will be saved.

6. Search the catalog. Explore new music. Enjoy! academic passes (488 per day): enjoy full, complimentary access to on any device for 24 hours, using your Stanford email. To get started, go to:

The Hume Writing Center now has satellite drop-in tutoring hours in the lobby of Green Library's East Wing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

From the Hume Writing Center's web page: "Drop-in writing consultants are undergraduates who have been trained to help students at any stage of the writing process and can work with any piece of writing, from a Thinking Matters or PWR essay to a grant proposal or cover letter."

War Memorial Opera House, exterior

Richard Bonelli (1889-1980), an internationally-known baritone and noted voice teacher, performed frequently in San Francisco in the 1920s and 1930s. The Richard Bonelli Collection, consisting of letters, photographs, programs, scores, scrapbooks, and other material, is available to researchers at the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound. Additionally, a number of commercial recordings featuring Bonelli may be consulted in the Archive, and several CD reissues may be borrowed from the Music Library.

In 2002, a grant from the National Film Preservation Board allowed for the digital preservation of two rare moving image compilations, filmed by Richard Bonelli's wife, Mona. The San Francisco Opera footage captures some of the first offerings of the Opera at the War Memorial Opera House, which opened in 1932. Footage includes performances, dress rehearsals, and backstage activities. The Metropolitan Opera footage was taken during the world premiere of Howard Hanson's only opera, Merry Mount, in February, 1934.

Appearing in the films are other great singers of the day, including Helen Gahagen, Beniamino Gigli, Claudia Muzio, Ezio Pinza, Elisabeth Rethberg, Tito Schipa, and Lawrence Tibbett (the featured performer in Merry Mount). 

We are pleased to make these films available to the public through our website. Many thanks to the Stanford Media Preservation Lab staff for their expert assistance in preparing the films for the web.

View the Richard Bonelli films here.

Photo: © J. Kolfhaus, Gymn. Marientha, Creative Commons Attr. Share Alike 3.0

China's Mo Yan, "who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary," is the recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature. You can read about the novelist and his work in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Guardian.

Take a look at SearchWorks for titles by Mo Yan available here in the libraries.

The Information Center desk is now open on Saturday afternoons to help you with your research. Come by with questions between 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm both Saturdays and Sundays!

Rock’s Backpages is one of two new subscription databases now available for use by the Stanford community (Academic Charts Online will be highlighted in a future post).

From the website:

"There are over twenty thousand articles on the site. These feature over two thousand five hundred artists and range from 500-word album (or concert) reviews to 10,000-word interviews and features. 

The articles are full text and fully searchable (by artist, date, genre, keyword etc.) including a sophisticated ‘advanced search’ option.

Written by over five hundred of the biggest names in rock journalism, they are taken from the widest possible range of publications in the US and UK: from Creem and Trouser Press to Rolling Stone, and from New Musical Express and Melody Maker to MOJO.

The archive covers all types of popular music from the 1950s to the present: from Abba to Zappa, the Stones to the Stone Roses and from Elvis to Eminem. There are, for example, 160 articles on the Beach Boys and 220 on the Rolling Stones. 

The library includes previously unpublished pieces about The Beatles (by Michael Lydon in 1966), The Doors (by Lester Bangs in 1975), and seminal interviews with major artists from Bob Dylan to Radiohead."

The library is currently increasing in size by approximately 50 new articles a week.

In addition, you may stream audio interviews of artists including Rick Danko, David Bowie, T-Bone Burnett, Donovan, Green Day, Joni Mitchell, Kurt Cobain, Robert Plant, Lou Reed, Grace Slick, Tom Waits, and ZZ Top (and many more).

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Link to Rock’s Backpages directly from SearchWorks.

Be sure to stop by to visit the Library Open House today from 1:00 to 4:00 pm here in Green Library! Find out about the amazing resources offered by campus Libraries and Academic Computing.

  • Learn about our vast collections of books, films, data, e-resources, and more.
  • Meet staff from the libraries on campus and talk to them about your project needs.
  • Discover how to find databases in SearchWorks and how to search multiple databases with xSearch.
  • See a demo of our book-scanning robot.
  • Talk to experts about managing your citations using RefWorks, Mendeley, and Zotero.
  • Enter the drawing to win fabulous prizes.

Check here for more information. See you this afternoon!