I guess that I out grew my local libraries. I had been to many of them in my London Borough, but increasingly, the books I wanted were only available in the stack, and that is no good for browsing. The books that I might be interested in were being replaced with biographies of pop stars, to young to mean anything to me and television programs of little interest.
A friend suggested that as I am always looking for musical scores, I might like to join the Barbican Library. She said that it was excellent for Performing Arts, adding that there were pianos with headphones you could book. I was sold.
I signed up online. Just a few quick questions. Then a week later, armed with my driving license, I presented myself to collect my ticket. I was given a quick guide to how the system worked and then I was left on my own. And what an amazing place it is.
The idea of this blog is to share some of the things I find while browsing through this unique collection of books. I hope there will be some facts that might interest you as we go along.
I have varied interests. I tend to focus on something, and then change tack and look for something else. I seem to retain obscure facts about the history of London which I like to share with others.
So what did I come out with today?
Amongst other things, a copy of the musical Pippin by Stephen Schwartz opening in 1972 and running for a respectable 1,944. I love the song “Corner of the sky” which I used with a Performing Arts Class once, playing the tune by ear as I couldn’t find the score. Now I had a chance to see if I had the tune correct!
And then, having discovered the marvellous London collection, I came out with a 1960’s biography of Mr Selfridge himself.