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Vocal Recordings the Hard Way

Today’s post is by David Sager, Research Assistant in the Recorded Sound Research Center This blog relies on recordings from the Library of Congress’s National Jukebox, a resource with over 10,000 early recordings which is well worth exploring.  You can also hear thousands more rare recordings, including radio broadcasts from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (April 19-21, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, April 19 (7:30 p.m.) Rock & Roll on The Ed Sullivan Show, 1955-1970 The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS, 1948-1971) was a landmark television program, and unquestionably one of the most important chronicles of mid-20th century popular culture. The Motion Picture, Broadcast and […]

NEWEST ADDITIONS TO THE NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY!

This morning the Registry hit 500! Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, today announced the latest additions to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. The National Recording Registry, created by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, directs the Librarian to select 25 titles that are at least 10 years old and have […]

That Phantom Harvest Moon

Today’s guest post was written by David Sager, Reference Assistant in the Recorded Sound Section, Library of Congress. In recognition of the harvest moon today, this blog entry is dedicated to one of the most popular and enduring songs of the early 20th century and a lamented lost recording of that era. Back during the […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (May 10-13, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Wednesday, May 10 (7:30 p.m.) Marty Stuart Presents Roger McGuinn – Live — SOLD OUT! Multiple Grammy-Award -Winning country music singer-songwriter Marty Stuart will be joined by Roger McGuinn, frontman of the rock group The Byrds, for an evening of music and […]

National Recording Registry Welcomes 25 New Works!

Today’s post is by Cary O’Dell, Boards Assistant to the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. Twenty-five new titles were selected by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden for induction to the National Recording Registry. The 25 new sound recordings have been recognized for their cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society […]

Photo Blog #14: More Musical Mysteries

It’s #14 of our unknown photos series!  This time, we return to some photos that are of a musical nature–or so they seem.  We welcome your suggestions regarding the names of the people in any of the shots below.  As always, as they are identified, we will update this blog accordingly.  As always as well, ”clicking” on any of the […]

Designing an Audio Suite

The following is a guest post by Cary O’Dell, Boards Assistant to the National Recording Preservation Board. Achieving excellent recorded sound quality is not only a matter of personnel and equipment but also the environment. At the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation there are eight rooms specifically designed for optimal sound recording. […]

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. […]

John Hersey’s ‘Hiroshima’ On the Air: The Story of the 1946 Radio Production

The following is a guest post by David Jackson, Archivist, Bob Hope Collection, and Matt Barton, Curator, Recorded Sound. “This chronicle of suffering and destruction is not presented in defense of an enemy. It is broadcast as a warning that what happened to the people of Hiroshima, a year ago, could next happen anywhere.” So […]