Radiohead fans are some of the most ravenous—a hyper-detailed rolodex of trivia, lore and lyrics from the band’s 35-year existence is permanently lodged in their brains, always at the ready to drop an obscure fact about the iconoclastic rock band.
But now you don’t have to rely on your roommate, significant other or barista to casually inform you of the vast and largely underground history of the British art-rock group. Radiohead.com is now the home of the Radiohead Public Library, an all-encompassing archive of rare artwork, official videos, ad-free live performances, b-sides and compilation tracks, previously out-of-print merchandise to be 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.
The library is organized to correspond with each album in the band’s catalogue, giving members the opportunity to browse chronologically. The site also offers the option for members to create their own library card, complete with a unique membership number.
To celebrate the foundation of the Radiohead Public Library, band members Colin and Johnny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Philip Selway and Thom Yorke will trade off the duty of being librarian for a day this week, Jan. 20-24.
Also coinciding with the creation of the archive will be the availability of formerly unavailable rare tracks to stream and download, including Radiohead’s 1992 debut, the Drill EP, “I Want None of This” from the 2005 charity compilation Help!: A Day in the Life, and the 2011 TKOL RMX 8 remix EP.
Explore the library here and revisit a 1995 Radiohead set from the Paste archives below.