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The Bee Gees coverThe Bee Gees
Schumacher
1979

Hubba hubba! May I present to you the hotties of 1979, The Bee Gees.

What a great choice for the public middle school library that submitted this book! Well, 35 years ago, anyway. It could have been weeded in the mid-80s. By then the Gibb brothers were doing more solo work than as The Bee Gees.

If you have the space and the interest, it’s not the worst thing. If, like the submitting library, things haven’t been weeded in a while and space is a concern, it can go and the middle schoolers probably won’t miss it.

RIP Robin and Maurice Gibb.

-Holly

Friday Fiction – The Town is On Fire

The Town is On Fire cover
The Town is On Fire
Healey
1979

Submitter: This is from the 70’s. I just thought it was a rather stunning picture. It looks like Mark Hamill and Mick Jagger and I don’t even know who that scary guy in the back is? According to the book flap they’re supposed to be teenagers and one of them is supposed to be a girl. And they’re solving a mystery of who is causing mining accidents in their town, rather than surviving a dystopia?

Holly: Wow, that cover is something else! I guess that’s the girl in the back. She seems a little happier about the situation than the fellas do. They all kind of look like zombies, though, so who knows? Worldcat says it’s a book about burning underground coalfields in Pennsylvania and some murders that these high school kids get involved in trying to solve. Good luck, kids!

 

Groovy Poetry

Rob McKeunThe Carols of Christmas
McKuen
1971

Submitter: Here are a couple of poetry books I just withdrew since they haven’t checked out in several years. They aren’t “awful” in content – other Nikki Giovanni and Rod McKuen books still check out here – but the covers were just so groovily early 70s, I had to submit them.

Here’s a link to one of Rod McKuen’s spoken word album poems about a cat. He was well-known as a songwriter as well as a poet and was a Grammy winner – from what I’ve heard, it’s all very mellow and emotional. Check out his Wikipedia article. He’s one of those people who was very popular at one time, but not so much any more.

Holly: I’m not into poetry, and will admit that I’ve never heard of Rod McKuen. Nikki Giovanni, yes. I agree that these covers are too awesome not to post, though! And here’s a link to a Rod McKuen poem called “A Cat Named Sloopy.” I wonder if that’s ‘ol Sloop on the cover.

 

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