From the Library…Music for Rich Idiots

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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