Anne McLean, Senior Concert Producer, contributed to this post. In addition to host and American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers President Paul Williams, last nights annual ASCAP concert featured, as always, an intriguing variety of composers: Jon Batiste, Alan Bergman, Josh Kear, Randy Newman, Carly Simon, Narada Michael Walden with Shelea Frazier, Jimmy Webb, and Heart’s Ann & Nancy Wilson.
Listen to this podcast in which Music Division Senior Specialist Loras John Schissel discusses ASCAPs 100th birthday with host Chloe Veltman. Their conversation touches on ASCAPs founding, its function, and the long and cordial relationship between ASCAP and the Library of Congress, which is home to collections of ASCAP founder Victor Herbert, original member John Philip Sousa, Irving Caesar, and many others. Documenting the soundtrack of the American experience, the Librarys rich ASCAP Foundation Collection sketches a fascinating and diverse outline of American music history over the past one hundred years. The podcast includes a taste of recent musical history with a clip of Ray Parker Jr.s Ghostbusters theme, performed at the 2013 ASCAP show, now online in its entirety here. Please remember to visit our digital exhibit, ASCAP: 100 Years and Beyond . You can also view ASCAPs We Write the Songs shows, presented in the Librarys Coolidge Auditorium, at www.loc.gov/webcasts.