From the Library…Music for Rich Idiots

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by Gabrielle Riel on Thursday, 15 May, 2008

Today’s From the Library features music from the first 30 years of the 20th Century in honor of Tuesday’s special program, the interview with Robert Shemin (author of “How Come That Idiot’s Rich and I’m Not”). The interview was held at The Deco Den on Rich Idiot Island in SL, as well as broadcast live on Radio Riel’s main stream.

Today, listeners will hear from the following artists, as well as many more:

  • Louis Armstrong
  • Bessie Smith
  • The Palm Court Theatre Orchestra
  • Scott Joplin
  • Original Dixieland Jazz Band
  • Al Jolson
  • Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra

More information about Rich Idiot Island from the Rich Idiot Island welcome notecard:

Our island introduces visitors to the United States of the 1930s – paradoxically, a time of widespread poverty and of great wealth. The dominant perspective here is the prosperous middle- and upper-class experience, but you will also find images and artifacts of the Depression as seen by the larger society. We hope you take time to look for both and to consider the social divide they represented in the 1930s.”

Come check out Rich Idiot island! Radio Riel will be broadcasting 2 “roaring 20s” events from there on Saturday!

Radio Riel produces this program in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life. Today’s music originates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

For more information on the Caledon Library, current exhibits and the work of Second Life reference libraries in general, please visit the Caledon Library Web site, or one of their locations in-world.

You can listen to the program now at, or simply visit any Caledon Library branch in-world and press Play on your embedded music player.


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