One way to look at a publisher’s ultimate role is that they facilitate the conversation between the author and the reader, but if authors start developing their own sites as well as Matt F. Delmont did for the site to accompany his new book, The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia, I may have to go work for my uncle’s slide rule and buggy whip franchise.

His site, which is coincidentally also called The Nicest Kids in Town, can be best summed up in Matthew’s own words: “As you navigate this site, you will be able to view over 100 images and video clips related to my book project, including American Bandstand memorabilia, newspaper clippings regarding protests of American Bandstand, photographs from high school yearbooks, and video clips from American Bandstand.”