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From the National Recording Registry: Remembering Don Everly

 An Evening with Don Everly February 1, 1937 – August 21, 2021     It is truly the end of an era with the passing of the talented, charming and iconic Don Everly. The influence The Everly Brothers have had on so many musicians and genres of music is immeasurable. Don and his brother, Phil, […]

From the Film Registry: “All the President’s Men” (1976)

Forty-seven years ago today, President Richard Nixon resigned the Presidency in the wake of the Watergate scandal.  A story worth retelling and exploring, Hollywood of course took it on in 1976’s seminal journalism film, “All the President’s Men.”  “Men” was added to the Library’s National Film Registry in 2010.  Below, film reviewer Mike Canning looks […]

HAPPY PRIDE! How “Y.M.C.A.” Became a Gay Anthem!

Today, on the final day of Pride, the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, with the help of author Josiah Howard, looks back at one of its most recent and best-known additions–the Village People’s “YMCA.”  Though, today, you’ll hear the track at everything from a school dance to a 50th anniversary party, it has also […]

Ned Beatty Remembered: A Look at “Network”

This past Sunday, the great character actor Ned Beatty passed away at the age of 83.  Over the years, several of Mr. Beatty’s films have been named to the Library’s National Film Registry including “Deliverance” (1972), “Nashville” (1975), “Network” (1976)  and “Superman” (1978).  His role in 1976’s Oscar-winning Best Picture, Paddy Chayefsky’s scathing indictment of […]

Talking Indy 500 With Sports Byline

There are more automobile racing-related recordings in the holdings of the Recorded Sound section of the Library of Congress than you might think. They include classic early 1960s songs that celebrate hot rods, documentary recordings made at races from Long Island to California to Monaco, and radio coverage of great early drivers like Wilbur Shaw […]

Remembering Larry McMurtry (1936-2021)

                 Over the weekend, award-winning author and screenwriter Larry McMurtry passed away at the age of 84. Mr. McMurtry holds an esteemed place at the Library of Congress with three of his works inducted into the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” His first novel, Horseman, Pass By, was published […]

On the Recording Registry: “Raisin’ Hell” by Run-DMC (1986)

Today is super-producer Rick Rubin’s birthday and, not surprisingly, Rubin has long been a member on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.  His 1986 work with Run-DMC on their legendary album “Raisin’ Hell,” was added to the NRR in 2017.  In the essay below, writer Bill Adler looks at the album’s innovation and influence. Released […]

On the Recording Registry: “Burnin'” by The Wailers (1973)

Sadly, yesterday, the great Bunny Wailer passed away at the age of 73.  Wailer of The Wailers, had his 1973 album “Burnin’” added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2006.  In tribute, we post here, an original essay written for the LC by Roger Steffins about this masterwork. “Burnin’”: The Wailers’ Final […]