Librarians are breaking the mold lately and flirting with the world of hip hop and punk. Courtesy of The New York Public Library Tumblr, we have Chicago librarians paying homage to The Beastie Boys’s 1994 video, “Sabotage,” directed by Spike Jonze. Of course, the original 1994 video paid comedic tribute to TV crime shows of the 1970s, shows like Hawaii Five‑O and Starsky and Hutch. So what we have above is a tribute to a tribute.
In other librarian news, The California Library Association recently announced that Henry Rollins, the former frontman of the punk band Black Flag (see vintage performance here), will be the keynote speaker at its conference in November. If you’re a regular Open Culture reader, you might not be entirely surprised. These days, Rollins has been pitching education as the key to reviving our withering democracy and also explaining why tenacity, discipline and hard work can take youngsters a long way. He also has 15 books to his credit. You can sample his writing by picking up a copy of The Portable Henry Rollins.