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Celebrating Black Performers in the New and Expanded National Jukebox!

This post was written by David Sager, Reference Specialist in the Recorded Sound Section. The Library of Congress National Jukebox has been updated and expanded! With a new URL, //www.loc.gov/collections/national-jukebox/about-this-collection/, and a new user-friendly player, the Jukebox is not only more flexible, but far more massive in scope, with the addition over 4,000 recordings from […]

Library to Present 4th Annual Summer Movies on the Lawn Starting July 8th

Featured Films include ‘The Princess Bride,’ ‘Shrek,’ ‘Toy Story,’ ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ from National Film Registry The Library of Congress will host its fourth annual “LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn” outdoor film festival this summer, starting on July 8. The series of five movies, which showcases iconic films from the […]

On the Recording Registry: “The Stars and Stripes Forever” (1897)

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!  And what a better way to celebrate than a look at one of America’s most patriotic hits?  Sousa’s enduring classic was named to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2002.  In the essay below, author Ace Collins looks at the long-enduring and beloved classic. On October 1, 1880, a […]

Film Loans from the Library of Congress — July 2021

Here are some of the titles from the Library’s motion picture collections–many preserved by the NAVCC film  laboratory–that we’re loaning for exhibition this month. As always, we can’t guarantee that schedules won’t change or links get broken, but this is our best information at the time of publication. EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands https://www.eyefilm.nl/en/programme/film-noir/337723 OUT OF THE […]

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 […]

On the Film Registry: “Castro Street” (1966)

In 1992, Bruce Baillie’s film “Castro Street” (subtitled:  “The Coming of Consciousness”) was added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.  As it turns 55 years old, film professor Scott MacDonald looks back at the impressionistic, non-narrative documentary that is, now over half a century on, still as evocative as ever. For Bruce Baillie, […]

On the Recording Registry: “The OKeh Laughing Record” (1922)

“The OKeh Laughing Record” original label Imported into the United States in 1922, “The OKeh Laughing Record” is one of the most unusual, (in its way) influential, and surprisingly enduring novelty records ever recorded. Actually, there is nothing overly complicated about the recording itself. On it, a solo cornetist begins a rather slow, sad, even […]

From the Film Registry: “It Happened One Night” (1934)

In our ongoing series of looking at–and analyzing–films from the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, here scholar Ian Scott looks at one of the classiest of classics, “It Happened One Night.” Film scholar Charles Maland reminds us that, “Frank Capra was an auteur long before the auteur theory” ever existed. And it was true […]