The Internet Archive Turns Twenty!

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The Internet Archive is saving civilization—it is that simple. It is performing the Herculean task of making as much information accessible on the interwebs as possible, for free. One of its most popular features is the Wayback Machine, a place where old websites are archived and saved, sites that are often no longer available. [The Boogaloo Bag writers were especially gassed when they noticed that even some of the Boogaloo Blog—the precursor to the Boogaloo Baghave been saved! This is important because very often the Boogaloo Blog is not working, due to the capricious nature of its host.]

At the Internet Archive website one can also find old movies, concert recordings (including nearly every Grateful Dead show, but also a bunch of shows by our pal and musical hero Steve Wynn), books (the scanning of books is VERY big at the IA), legacy software and computer games, images and most importantly (at least this is what ties us all together here) sound recordings [including thousands of 78s that were donated by and mounted with the help of The ARChive of Contemporary MusicPhast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus’ day job].

A few years ago, The Internet Archive and The ARChive of Contemporary Music entered into a partnership where some of the holdings of the ARC were being shared with the IA. For instance, thousands of the ARC’s music books have been scanned and available for loan like a regular library (though most are not readily available to the public yet).

The Internet Archive has been doing this work since Brewster Kahle founded it twenty years ago and this anniversary was celebrated on October 26 with a fabulous gala, presentation and dance party at its main building in San Francisco, California. The event commenced with excellent taco truck food and drinks as interactive demo-stations showed off several aspects of the IA—including the playing of 78 RPM records on an old Victrola by ARChive of Contemporary Music staff associates. Then, in the Great Room of the building—a couple thousand-seat theater—Mr. Kahle looked back at some of the IA’s achievements; there was a presentation on how the interwebs have made an impact on the 2016 election; and Paul D. Miller, AKA DJ Spooky, presented a short cinematic montage comprised of video clips and sound bites that were all taken from the Internet Archive website. This clip, entitled Memory Palace, was sensational, and it featured very clever usage of spoken word, old movies, technical films and who-knows-what! A flexi-disc of the audio portion of the film was distributed to each attendee.

Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle and his wife Mary Austin do the Boogaloo at the Internet Archive 20th Anniversary Party!

Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle and his wife Mary Austin do the Boogaloo at the Internet Archive 20th Anniversary Party!

Since the ARChive of Contemporary Music staff was in San Francisco preparing 20,000 78s to be digitized, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to DJ the dance party section of the celebration. For this he brought songs that most folks may know, but mostly not in the way in which they are known, with a couple odd things to spice it up. Here’s a list of all the 45 RPM records played at the party, some of which will have links to the Youtubes (if there is no link it is because there is no link, or you should know the record by now!):

None of these records are for sale. However, the ARChive of Contemporary Music will have having its fund raising sale in December!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at the Internet Archive 20th Anniversary Party!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at the Internet Archive 20th Anniversary Party! Photo by B. George.

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