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The 25 newest titles for the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry were announced today!

The new titles range in date from 1878 to 2008 and cover such genres as opera, rock, folk, blues, disco, classical and even sports, radio drama and a podcast!  Some of the talents behind the titles this year include:  Kool & the Gang, Labelle, baseballer Roger Maris, Odetta, Connie Smith, Janet Jackson, Ira Glass, Marlo Thomas (and friends), Jimmy Cliff, Jessye Norman, Flaco Jimenez and even Kermit the Frog!

Begun near the start of this century, the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry is a annual list of recorded sounds works that have had a profound and important impact on America’s artistic development, its history and popular culture.  The list is created with the input of the American (and international) public (who are free to nominate throughout the year) and the Library’s Recorded Sound Preservation Board.  The final selections are made by the Librarian of Congress.

As of today, the Registry consists of 575 works.  It is a sonic history of America.  Learn more and see the full list here:

2020 Registry


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