Posted in NYC | music on November 19, 2013

ARC Sale

For nearly 30 years, NYC's ARChive of Contemporary Music has been collecting, preserving and cataloging "the popular music of all cultures and races throughout the world from 1950 to the present." Lovers of physical media, the ARC, David Bowie, Jerry Leiber, Youssou N'Dour, Keith Richards, Martin Scorsese and Paul Simon are among its board of advisors. The late Lou Reed was also on the board.

The ARC gets around 250,000 recordings every year. After sorting through them, they make sure they have two best copies on a record in their collection, and sell off third copies. Which leads us to its annual Holiday Record & CD sale which will happens at ARC's Tribeca HQ (54 White St.) from Saturday, Dec 7 - Sunday, Dec 15 from 11 am - 6 pm daily. Here's what they've got this year:

25,000+ recordings - all genres and formats - 45s, LPs, CDs, cassettes,
books, posters, DVDs, VHS, magazine and a vintage flea market + yard sale!

specials: This year there is an incredible collection of punk/new wave 45s + LPs, 3 big boxes of Christmas LPs, more CDs than ever before... 100s of modern art, experimental + modern Classical LPs - Glass/Varese/Crumb/Carter/Satie. All recordings never offered before - we start fresh every sale.

Additionally, this year's sale also has a special Lou Reed section. Members of the ARC can attend the pre-sale party on Decmeber 5 with food, drink and early shopping. You can become a member by filling out this form (and giving a minimum $50 donation).

You can also donate materials. Do you have an out-of-control CD collection threatening to take over your apartment? Clean out your pile and give it to the ARC. Your trash could be someone else's treasure. And contributions are tax deductible.

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Comments (5)

Whoah, hang on, THREE big boxes of Christmas LPs???

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2013 6:29 PM

holy shit that website is incredible

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2013 6:30 PM

Contemporary music? Its cool to have this genre in 2013 and I guess other people love this too. Aside from the fact that mostly people are into the latest.

Posted by Richard E. Dover | November 19, 2013 10:44 PM

He needed to dress up in retro 70's style with a band, sing and perform this on stage - 70's style 

Posted by Leila | March 2, 2014 5:16 AM

This was the first Lou Reed (Lewis Allan Reed) song I ever heard. I heard it when ROCK N ROLL ANIMAL was broadcast on TV. He was painted and crazy looking and when I heard this, I thought, "He's talking about drugs! Does he know what he's talking about or is he just blowing smoke?" Turns out he knew too well about drugs and addiction. He was a musical genius but I have to question how much he really learned from it! Since he died 2 days after getting a liver transplant, (which, he said, made him feel like a God) I have to think if he did learn, he learned too late!

Posted by Suzze | October 27, 2014 3:08 AM

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