New Brunswick Music Scene Archive Anniversary Exhibit


An exhibit of materials commemorating the one-year anniversary of the New Brunswick Music Scene Archive is on display now in the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery at Alexander Library.

Reflecting the history of the city’s independent music since the 1980s, the display features a wide variety of objects—from records and tapes to zines, flyers, and other ephemera—that were donated from the personal collections of those involved in the scene over the years. Highlights include issues of Jersey Beat and New Brunswick Underground, flyers for shows held at the Court Tavern and the Melody Bar, and recordings from local acts such as The Blasés and The Weeping Cysts.

The gallery is open during Special Collections and University Archives’ regular operating hours.

For more information about the exhibit or the archive (including donating materials), contact New Jersey regional studies librarian Christie Lutz.



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