[1stPickSites] (12/13/07) The A&M Records Collection

        The A&M Records Collection

http://www.library.ucla.edu/amrecords/

Today's site, from the library of the University of California,
Los Angeles, presents an exhibit of some of the artefacts from
one of the most
vibrant record companies of the 1960's and beyond. The online
collection will give Readers a sense of the impact A&M Records
has had on popular music. 

Founded by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss in 1962, A&M Records helped
shape the history of American music. ... Alpert and Moss recently
donated their company's papers to the UCLA Music Library Special
Collections, where they will form an invaluable resource for the
study of American popular music.  ... This online exhibit
celebrates A&M's intellectual and creative history with a
presentation of selected materials from the collection, along
with a few items borrowed from private collections." - from the
website

Straightforward in design, with images which range from checkbook
stubs, which also reveal that there weren't too many dollars in
the kitty at its inception, to those of musical arrangements, the
site charts the history of A&M Records. Integral to the
exhibition are the many outstanding artists who were signed by
this label, including Joan Baez, Chuck Mangione, Sting,
Supertramp and Carole King, among a host of others. Surprisingly,
the only element lacking in this otherwise excellent presentation
are music clips from these performers.

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