Radiohead Launches Online Digital Archive
Radiohead launched the Radiohead Public Library, a massive online digital archive. The band also released to traditional streaming platforms their 1992 debut EP Drill and 2011’s remix EP TKOL RMX 8, as well as the 2004 charity single “I Want None of This.”
The Radiohead Public Library features the band’s albums, live and rare recordings and videos, classic merchandise, playlists and more. A different band member will serve as “librarian” each day this week, beginning today with Colin Greenwood. The band members — Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Philip Selway and Thom Yorke — will present, “a curated selection of archival material across the band’s social media channels (as well as their own Radiohead Public Library cards).”
Radiohead shared the following statement regarding the archive:
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 of service have long since gone dark as well. The overall effect has been “Radiohead” search results that yield random and/or abbreviated shards: songs and album titles unaccompanied by detailed artwork or any additional context, low quality videos preceded by advertisements and shuffled via algorithms, and so on …
That ends with the unveiling of the Radiohead Public Library. From today, visitors at Radiohead.com will be able to create their own library card and membership number, and access a highly curated and organized archive of the band’s catalogue and corresponding visuals and various artifacts associated with each album: Detailed artwork, official videos, and ad-free HD live and TV performances, B-Sides and compilation tracks, previously out-of-print merchandise to be custom made on demand, band members’ “office chart” playlists from around the time of In Rainbows, The King of Limbs and A Moon Shaped Pool recording sessions, and more.
Access to the Radiohead Public Library is free. Stream the newly shared digital releases below: