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Native Gems: Highlights from the Native American Audio Project

Posted by: Karen Fishman

This blog post was written by Sally Smith and Brianna Gist, 2019 Jr. Fellows in the Recorded Sound Section. The Native American Audio Project began as a response to an “Ask-a-Librarian” question submitted by a patron inquiring about recordings of Native American music in the Recorded Sound Section of the Library. Although the American Folklife …

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Ground Control to Major Tom

Posted by: Bryan Cornell

Released on July 11, 1969, 5 days before NASA’s Apollo 11 mission successfully landed the first man on the moon, David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity” became the first major hit of his career, climbing to number 5 on the UK singles chart.  While the song cannot be solely  credited with  elevating Bowie to the pinnacle …

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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (July 11 – 13, 2019)

Posted by: Cary O’Dell

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.  Thursday, July 11 (7:30 p.m.) River’s Edge (Island Pictures, 1986 – rated R*) Inspired by a true event, River’s Edge follows how a group of apathetic high school students in a dismal, dead-end California town deal with their friend’s murder of his …

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Happy Birthday, Bob Hope!

Posted by: Karen Fishman

This is a guest post by Frances Allshouse and Susie Booth, librarian/catalogers in the Moving Image Section. Wednesday, May 29, 2019, would have been Bob Hope’s 116th birthday and we couldn’t let the day go by without a bit of a celebration.  This year, our gift is the recently-formed Bob Hope moving image processing project. …

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Recorded Sound Research at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Karen Fishman

Curious about doing research in the recorded sound collections of the Library of Congress but don’t know where to start? Then this blog post is for you! Here we’ll discuss finding materials in our collections, offer some search strategies, and point out how to get in touch should you have further questions or want to …

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Inside the Archival Box: The First Long-Playing Disc

Posted by: Amanda Jenkins

Today is Record Store Day, a movement that began in 2007 in order to celebrate independent record stores and the unique culture of owners, employees, artists, and customers that help them thrive. In honor of the occasion, here’s another “Inside the Archival Box” post with a look at the production of the first LP! Columbia …

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Exploring Poetry through Moving Image and Recorded Sound

Posted by: Karen Fishman

In addition to celebrating jazz music, April is also designated National Poetry Month! This month-long celebration has been organized by the Academy of American Poets since 1996 to spread awareness about and encourage appreciation of poetry. National Poetry Month has grown into a worldwide event that encourages reading, writing, and sharing poetry, as well as recognizing …