Radiohead open dedicated digital archive to the public
Featuring an extensive collection of audio and visual artefacts.
Radiohead have unveiled the free-to-enter Radiohead Public Library, accessible to all visitors at Radiohead.com.
Using their own virtual library card and membership number, fans can access a wide variety of the band’s catalogue and corresponding visuals. Various curated materials include artwork, official videos, B-sides, live and TV performances, and compilation tracks. Previously out-of-print merchandise can also be custom-made on demand.
To commemorate the library’s opening week, Colin and Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Philip Selway and Thom Yorke will each serve as a librarian for a day from the 20 to 24 January. Each member will present a curated selection of archival material across the band’s social media channels as well as their own Radiohead Public Library cards. A number of previously unavailable Radiohead rarities will also make their streaming debut on the site to coincide with this event, including the band’s 1992 debut Pablo Honey and the Drill EP.
“The internet as a whole has never been a reliable resource for detailed or even accurate information regarding Radiohead,” the band said in a statement. “The overall effect has been ‘Radiohead’ search results that yield random and/or abbreviated shards: songs and album titles unaccompanied by detailed artwork or any additional context, low-quality videos preceded by advertisements and shuffled via algorithms, and so on… That ends with the unveiling of the Radiohead Public Library.”
Yorke also recently announced an extension of his Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes tour. The new dates will kick off on 28 March in Vancouver and wrap up on 13 July in Berlin. Yorke will be joined by Nigel Godrich and Tarik Barr on tour, where the trio will play songs from throughout Yorke’s career, including the recently released solo album Anima.
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