My local public library has a lot of books in it. Indeed, from a distance — which is how I usually see it — it undoubtedly looks a lot like a public library ought to look.
As I’ve just discovered, though, it no longer has any books about music. No, in all the time I’ve known it (a decade or so), it never had very many; and most of them were about pop music and its top-ranking cash cows. But now it has none at all.
Also: it no longer has any printed music. Again, I only ever saw a few items there in the past, and as most of them were either collections of pop songs or the odd remnants of an age of public-access choral singing, I never had any use for them. But now it has no printed music at all.
Oh, and it no longer has any classical CDs: the tiny collection of ‘popular classics’ discs that used to be there has vanished altogether. In fact, it’s not just the classical stuff that’s gone: the place now has no CDs at all — though it does have hundreds and hundreds of movies on DVD…
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