On This Day: August 23 | Los Angeles Public Library

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On This Day: August 23

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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Great moments in history and popular culture happen every day, and ON THIS DAY will share a few of them with you. We’ll also point you to related resources in our collection, helping you to discover classic films, musical favorites, and historical tidbits. The primary focus will be on our e-material – e-books, e-audio, and downloadable and streamable music and film – but physical books and DVDs will also be part of the fun.

The Who By Numbers On this day in 1946, Keith Moon was born. From 1964 until his death in 1978, Moon was the drummer for The Who. He is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in rock history, and is one of the few rock musicians to be inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame. Sadly, Moon was notable for his bad behavior as much as for his talent; he frequently trashed hotel rooms and was fond of flushing small explosives down toilets. In the 1970s, he became addicted to drugs and alcohol, and eventually died of an overdose. Moon's talent is on full display in several albums by The Who, available for streaming at Hoopla.
Charles Bush: The Tale of the Allergist's Wife On this day in 1954, Charles Busch was born. Busch is an actor and playwright whose work is often campy homage to classic Hollywood, in which he plays the leading lady roles. Busch has said that his performances are built around the duality of elegance and vulgarity. Busch's most mainstream play to date, and the first in which he did not star, is The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, about the mid-life crisis of a wealthy Manhattan woman. The Los Angeles Theatre Works production stars Estelle Harris, Richard Kind, and JoBeth Williams; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.
My Own Private Idaho And on this day in 1970, River Phoenix was born. Phoenix was a tremendously promising young actor with a dozen films to his credit when he died at 23 of a drug overdose. His performance in Runnning on Empty was nominated for an Academy Award; his other films include Stand By Me, Dogfight, and The Mosquito Coast. Phoenix stars with Keanu Reeves in My Own Private Idaho, a story about two street hustlers wandering together through the northwestern United States. My Own Private Idaho is available for streaming at Hoopla.