{ subscribe_url: '/share/sites/library-of-congress-blogs/navcc.php' }

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (October 21-24, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Wednesday, October 21 (7:30 p.m.) Back to the Future Part II (Universal, 1989) “The Future” has arrived. Picking up where Back to the Future left off, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), his girlfriend Jennifer (Elisabeth Shue), and Doc Brown […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (August 6-8, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Our guest programmer for August is Richard Hincha, a preservation specialist in the Packard Campus film lab. My first theatrical film experience was Disney’s Sleeping Beauty on my fifth birthday, and I was immediately hooked. When I entered college, […]

Is It Live or Is It Edison?

Today’s entry is a guest post by Jan McKee, Reference Librarian, Recorded Sound Research Center. I have always wondered about the Edison tone tests.  Is it really possible that an audience could not tell the difference between an Edison Diamond Disc being played on a phonograph and the live performer singing while standing next to […]

The Old 97

Folklorist Norm Cohen has astutely observed that “[f]olklore thrives where danger threatens” (The Long Steel Rail, cited below, p. 169). The annals of commercially recorded traditional and popular song provide abundant support for this conclusion. In fact, by the early twentieth century — especially the decades of the teens and twenties — nearly every imaginable disaster or mishap was memorialized in song.  Natural disasters are […]

Where the River Shannon Flows

This blog post was co-written with Jan McKee, Reference Librarian, Recorded Sound Section, Library of Congress It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without some sentimental Irish ballads to listen to with our green beer, and the name that is most synonymous with Irish ballads is John McCormack. John McCormack (1884-1945) was an Irish born American […]

That’s Kooper, not Cooper

Al Kooper, may not be as well-known as shock-rocker, Alice Cooper, but he has had a significant impact in the recording industry both behind the scenes and at center stage for several decades. This week we wanted to share an interview with Al Kooper from the Joe Smith Collection in the Recorded Sound Section at the Library of Congress. The Joe Smith collection […]

Grammy Awards

Be sure to tune into the 57th Annual Grammy Awards this Sunday.  We’ll be watching it with great interest here in the Recorded Sound Section at the Library of Congress as two members of our technical staff have been nominated! Robert Friedrich, Audio Preservation Specialist at the Library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center,  has been nominated […]

What We’re Reading Now: Recent Additions to the Reference Collection in RSRC

This blog post was co-written with Jan McKee, Reference Librarian, Recorded Sound Section, Library of Congress. The Recorded Sound Research Center not only provides access to the Library’s sound recordings but it also maintains a collection of reference books that support materials in the collection. These books include discographies, bio-discographies, directories, histories, and technical works […]

You Won’t BELIEVE What They Said About Us!

The National Audio-Visual Conservation Center has garnered a fair amount of media attention over the years and 2014 was no exception. Here’s a selection of print and broadcast stories from last year that, taken together, provide a good overview of who we are and what we do. The announcement of new additions to the National […]