Articles by: Dermot McCaul

What do Bob Hope, Japanese gangsters and Patti Smith have in common?

What do Bob Hope, Japanese gangsters and Patti Smith have in common?

March 4, 2016

Arts, New books:

They are all here as popular culture rears just a few of its many heads, on the shelves and online…..

PBS Home Video, 2006

Warhol & Weiwei, together at last

February 5, 2016

Arts, Visual arts:

Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei, strange bedfellows? Maybe not……

Hard rock, hard roll: some deaths in the family

Hard rock, hard roll: some deaths in the family

January 22, 2016

Arts, Music:

Its been a tough start to the year with the loss of some truly iconic rock music figures.

Rowman & Littlefield, 2014

New ebooks in Arts for your epleasure

January 8, 2016

Arts:

The ebook shelves continue to grow, and even Elvis is getting in on the act.

An itsy bitsy teenie weenie slice of summer

An itsy bitsy teenie weenie slice of summer

December 11, 2015

Arts:

You don’t have to be outdoors to enjoy summer.

Just inside the cover: the miniature art of the bookplate

Just inside the cover: the miniature art of the bookplate

November 27, 2015

Arts, Visual arts:

Guest blogger and library volunteer Christine Bell shares her passion for bookplates and throws some light on the work she’s doing behind the scenes on some of our own collections.

New books: revolutions in England, Scotland at war and Mr Nolan transforms the Australian landscape

New books: revolutions in England, Scotland at war and Mr Nolan transforms the Australian landscape

October 30, 2015

Arts, Painting, Visual arts:

A clutch of new books explore Turner’s “born again” vision, the back-to-the-future philosophy of William Morris, Scotland’s artists at war, and the remarkable life and art of Sidney Nolan (shown here in a photograph by Albert Tucker, c.1940s).

Naxos/Broadway Theatre Archive, 1973

It’s a wonderful world; so many videos to enjoy, here or there!

October 16, 2015

Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Television, Theatre:

Some more great performances and documentaries courtesy of our video streaming services, not to mention a flashmob Choral Symphony to bring a tear to the eye.

Catherine the Great by Johann Baptist von Lampi

From Russia with love: treasures from the Hermitage

September 18, 2015

Arts, Decorative arts, Painting, Visual arts:

Melbourne is currently experiencing a little bit of Imperial Russia with the exhibition, Masterpieces From the Hermitage: the Legacy of Catherine the Great, now showing at the National Gallery of Victoria. Here at the State Library of Victoria you can bury yourself in these treasures all year round.

Stormy weather, and all that jazz

Stormy weather, and all that jazz

September 3, 2015

Arts, Music:

If you haven’t dipped into the online Naxos Jazz Library before, do yourself a favour……