BYU Library Celebrates Provo Music History

Academia is taking note of this city’s thriving music culture.


By Zach Collier

Walk into the Harold B. Lee Library at the heart of BYU Campus, and you’ll be greeted by a special exhibit: Provo Pop Music Connections. This meticulously curated and researched exhibit on the library’s main floor examines a century of Provo music history.

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Visitors can follow the interwoven histories of family acts like the Osmonds and the King Sisters, learn about the explosion of famous acts like Neon Trees and Imagine Dragons, and take a deep dive into the contemporary music scene, complete with a running Spotify playlist of current local artists.

Photo courtesy of Brigham Young University.

“For years, huge names in the music world performed here,” the library said in a press release yesterday.” A remarkable number of bands started in Provo or had significant ties to the town in their early years.”

Visitors are invited to share their wish list of bands they’d like to see perform in Provo if the Marriott Center started holding major concerts again.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during all library hours. It will run until October 2022. Before you head over, catch some of this year’s most celebrated local female acts.


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