Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Mickey, Nirvana, & the Library of Congress

From JS Online:

Every year, an advisory board of roughly 20 musicians, composers, representatives of the recording industry, academics and historians reviews several hundred nominations for the registry and then makes its recommendations to the librarian of Congress who makes the final decision. Among those serving on the advisory board is drummer Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead.

Here are some of the recordings on the National Recording Registry for 2004:
"Nevermind," Nirvana (1991)
"Fear of a Black Planet," Public Enemy (1990)
Recordings of Asian elephants, Katharine B. Payne (1984)
"Star Wars" (Soundtrack), John Williams (1977)
The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East (1971)
Remarks by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong broadcast from the moon (1969)
King James version of the Bible, Alexander Scourby (1966)
"Pet Sounds," The Beach Boys (1966)
"Live at the Apollo," James Brown (1965)
"The Girl from Ipanema," Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Astrud Gilberto (1963)
"Peace Be Still," James Cleveland (1962)
"Giant Steps," John Coltrane (1959)
"Messiah," Eugene Ormandy, conductor; Richard Condie, choir director. Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Philadelphia Orchestra (1958)
Tuskegee Institute Choir Sings Spirituals, directed by William L. Dawson (1955)
"Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)," The Penguins (1954)
"Old Soldiers Never Die (Farewell Address to Congress)," Gen. Douglas MacArthur (1951)
"Foggy Mountain Breakdown," Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs (1949)
Jack Benny radio program, show of March 28, 1948
"Manteca," Dizzy Gillespie Big Band with Chano Pozo (1947)
Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 1, op. 23, B-flat minor. Vladimir Horowitz, piano; Arturo Toscanini, conductor; NBC Symphony Orchestra (1943)
We Hold These Truths, radio broadcast (1941)
Edward R. Murrow broadcast from London (1940)
"In the Mood," Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (1939)
"Gypsy Love Song," Eugene Cowles (1898)
"Some of These Days," Sophie Tucker (1911)
"The Castles in Europe One-Step (Castle House Rag)," Europe's Society Orchestra (1914)
"The Lord's Prayer" and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" as recorded in 1888 by Emile Berliner, the inventor of the microphone
Booker T. Washington's 1895 Atlanta Exposition speech in which he promotes racial cooperation and African-American self-reliance
"Swanee," Al Jolson (1920)
"Stardust," Hoagy Carmichael (1927)
"Porgy and Bess," recorded by the original cast (1940-'42)
"White Christmas," recorded by Bing Crosby (1942)
Elvis Presley's Sun Records sessions (1954-'55)
"Roll Over Beethoven," Chuck Berry (1956)
"Dance Mania," Tito Puente (1958)
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," The Beatles (1967)
"At Folsom Prison," Johnny Cash (1968)

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