Radiohead Has Launched A Massive Radiohead Public Library
Radiohead takes fandom very seriously, and for their fans’ greatest pleasure, the famous band has launched Radiohead Public Library, the most complete online collection of the band’s material. It’s a large archive website that you can research almost forever, and since it is a real library, you can even download a personal library card.
If you subscribe to W.A.S.T.E.hq, you probably received this short summary of this new project:
‘Radiohead.com has always been a) infuriatingly uninformative and b) surprising. The most surprising thing to do next, therefore, is to suddenly become incredibly informative. So that is what we have done.
We present: the RADIOHEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY, an online resource containing videos, music, artwork, websites, merchandise, and assorted ephemera.’
The look is somewhat a bit chaotic for a library, with Radiohead’s albums but also videos, ad-free HD live TV performances, B-sides, compilation tracks, rare EPs, artwork, a selection of artifacts associated with each album (you can even read the old W.A.S.T.E. newsletters), merchandise and some work originally hard to find…. It is basically one unique place with everything Radiohead, everything an obsessed fan has ever wanted to know, watch and listen to.
According to NME, ‘fans will be able to stream a number of previously unavailable rarities for the first time – including the band’s 1992 debut, the ‘Drill’ EP, ‘I Want None of This’ from the 2005 charity compilation ‘Help!: A Day in the Life’, and the 2011 ‘TKOL RMX 8’ remix EP. Although most Radiohead fans are probably too obsessed to not already own this material or not have already bookmarked a few links.
You can register for a library account and place merchandise orders – download the card and print it with a photo of yourself for the fun of it. For avid collectors, the best part of this library may be the wardrobe department with its collection of out-of-print Radiohead shirts.
It’s certainly an overwhelming website to explore, a gift for their fans, coming from a band that has always been ahead of its time. However, who still has the time to watch all these archived videos and performances?
From January 20th to January 24th, each band member, Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Philip Selway and Thom Yorke will be librarian-for-a-day, and will be presenting a curated selection of archival material: the first curated selection is Colin’s