The internet as a whole has never been a reliable resource for detailed or even accurate information re: Radiohead. Many sites that attempted to provide some measure service have long since gone dark as well. The overall effect has been “Radiohead” search results that yield random and/or abbreted shards: songs and album titles unaccompanied by detailed artwork or any additional context, low quality videos preceded by advertisements and shuffled algorithms, and so on…
That ends with the unveiling the Radiohead Public Library. From today (Mon, Jan 20th), visitors at Radiohead.com will be able to create their own library card and membership number, and access a highly curated and organized archive the band’s catalogue and corresponding visuals and various artifacts associated with each album: Detailed artwork, ficial videos, and ad-free HD live and TV performances, B-Sides and compilation tracks, previously out--print merchandise to be custom made on demand, band members’ “fice chart” playlists from around the time In Rainbows, The King Limbs and A Moon Shaped Pool recording sessions, and more.
To commemorate the Library’s opening week, Colin and Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Philip Selway and Thom Yorke will each take a turn serving as librarian for a day beginning January 20th and ending January 24th, each presenting a curated selection archival material across the band’s social media channels (as well as their own Radiohead Public Library cards).
Finally, coinciding with the Library’s opening, a number previously unavailable Radiohead rarities have been made available to stream and download, including the band’s 1992 debut, the Drill EP, “I Want None This” from the 2005 charity compilation Help!: A Day in the Life, and the 2011 TKOL RMX 8 remix EP.