Bun E. Carlos offers insight into his CD collection

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Cheap Trick drummer donated 880 CDs to Rockford Public Library in November

The Rockford Public Library (RPL) unveiled the Bun E. Carlos Collection—a sizeable addition to their already enormous musical accumulation—in November.

The result of a donation of CDs from the Cheap Trick drummer of the same name, the Carlos Collection is designed to encourage Rockford residents to utilize the RPL’s resources, as well as influence patrons by offering them musical choices they might not otherwise have.

Once a part of Carlos’ personal music library, the donation of 880 CDs is largely attributed to the “piling up” of music, brought on by years of collecting.

“I am a professional musician, and I get music from a lot of different places,” Carlos said.

Heavily influenced by checking out records while growing up, Carlos thought the Rockford Public Library was the perfect new home for his musical overflow.

Said Carlos: “I brought the stuff down there because that’s where I first found a bunch of goofy stuff when I was young. I found some cool stuff—stuff I wouldn’t have found in local record stores.”

Included among the donated CDs is the Cheap Trick catalogue.

Dave Oberg, RPL development officer, said in a press release: “Cheap Trick is an institution in Rockford. Having a collection of their musical influences at Rockford Public Library is really fantastic.”

Even though the Cheap Trick albums he kept the beat for come highly recommended, Carlos is also quick to point out that patrons should listen to “whatever they feel like listening to.”

Considering the Carlos Collection offers not only the musical stylings of Rockford’s most famous sons, but those of classic blues greats and contemporary legends in the making, there is bound to be something for everyone.

Leading up the debut of the new collection, anticipation was high, as dozens of people reserved copies of their potentially favorite albums well ahead of the scheduled opening. Carlos himself was on hand to lead a discussion about his musical influences. He was joined by Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey, who also spoke, as well as plenty of other interested patrons and RPL staff.

Since then, excitement has remained steady. When visiting the library, the Carlos Collection can be found in the audiovisual section. They are marked with a special black and white rectangular sticker bearing Carlos’ likeness.

As it did when Carlos was young, the library continues to nurture music fans by offering them the opportunity to listen to music they might not otherwise hear—for free. Carlos encourages anyone interested in any of the arts to return the favor. He concluded: “Support the library—it didn’t hurt my career any.”

From the April 5-11, 2006, issue

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