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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 […]

The Women Who Founded an Industry

With the end of Women’s History Month approaching, the Library’s Recorded Sound Section would be remiss if we failed to mention the remarkable accomplishments of Barbara (Cohen) Holdridge and Marianne (Roney) Mantell, founders of Caedmon Records.   These two Hunter College graduates with degrees in Greek wanted careers in publishing, but weren’t particularly excited about […]

Library of Congress Film Screenings –UPDATE

 The Library of Congress beginning today will be cancelling all film screenings until Thursday, May 14, 2020. Both the Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper and the Pickford Theater on Capitol Hill will be subject to this temporary closure.  The Library of Congress is taking this action to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. During the […]