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Smokey Robinson Receives Gershwin Prize for American Song

Last night, Wednesday, November 16, Smokey Robinson, a rhythm and blues icon whose career has spanned more than 50 years, received the Library’s Gershwin Prize for American Song. The gala award event, featuring prominent performers and musicians was held at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.  Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden presented the award. […]

The Silent Film Project: The Midnight Message (Goodwill Pictures, 1926)

It’s a good week for silent film lovers at the Packard Campus Theater with four consecutive programs starting Wednesday. And as usual, all will be accompanied by live music. We welcome London favorite Stephen Horne for two WWI related-screenings on Wednesday (On the Firing Line with the Germans, about which I wrote last week) and […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (November 16-19, 2016)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Wednesday, November 16 (7:30 p.m.) On the Firing Line with the Germans (War Film Syndicate Company, 1915) In 1915, newsreel director and cinematographer Wilbur H. Durborough spent seven months with the German army in Russia and Turkey and shot 16,000 feet of […]

Rock the Vote

Today’s Post is guest-written by Kristi Moore, a volunteer helping to process and organize collections in the Recorded Sound Section. Eighteen years before, MTV’s “Rock the Vote” targeted potential young Americans in their campaign to increase political involvement, the record industry took the initiative to help register young voters, using the famous names and faces […]

Silent Cal, Not So Silent

It’s ironic that Calvin Coolidge—30th President of the United States and a man so famously taciturn his nickname was Silent Cal—was also the first President to make wide use of mass communication. His December 1923 State of the Union address was the first time any President had appeared on radio and his March 1925 inauguration […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (November 3-5, 2016)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, November 3 (7:30 p.m.) Highlights from The Johnny Cash Show (ABC, 1969-1971) After the great success of his two live prison albums, At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin, the ABC television network approached country music icon Johnny Cash to host […]