From rare audio interviews of former slaves to recordings by DonnaSummer and the Grateful Dead, 25 sounds that shaped the Americancultural landscape are being inducted into the U.S. NationalRecording Registry. Summer’s 1977 hit I Feel Love is joining the Grateful Dead’s famous 1977 Barton Hall concert assounds of cultural significance, among 25 additions that are beingannounced Wednesday by the Library of Congress as part of itsregistry. The world’s largest library has chosen a diverse array of songs andsounds from history to retain for permanent preservation in theNational Recording Registry. Among the new choices this year areDolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colours , Prince’s Purple Rain and more.
Some selections are truly historic and rarely heard. They includethe only known audio of former American slaves who were interviewedin the 1930s, including one participant who had worked forConfederate U.S. President Jefferson Davis. There’s also a cylinderfrom a talking doll created by Thomas Edison in 1888 that is theearliest known commercial sound recording. It was consideredunplayable until last year, after new digital mapping tools wereused to reveal its sound of a woman singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
‘These are not just songs…These are talking books thousands ofyears of evolutions of cultures are in this music’ Mickey Hart, the Grateful Dead The library also is saving Leonard Bernstein’s conducting debutwith the New York Philharmonic in 1943 and A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio from 1970, which introduced millions ofpeople to jazz through the TV soundtrack. “America’s sound heritage is an important part of the nation’shistory and culture, and this year’s selections reflect thediversity and creativity of the American experience,” saidLibrarian of Congress James Billington, in announcing his finalselections. Notable, breakthrough recordings Though Summer died last week of cancer , her hit single was selected for the sound registry weeks ago,said Matt Barton, the library’s curator of recorded sound. Summerhad many hits, but I Feel Love rose to the top because it was a breakthrough that would changeclub music for years to come, according to the library’s citation. Cosmetic Packaging Boxes
“From the first time you heard it, it was just, `Wow, this is verydifferent,”‘ Barton said. “We hadn’t heard this before. It wasenormously influential.” The registry includes early sounds from hip-hop with SugarhillGang’s Rapper’s Delight from 1979 that is credited with launching a genre and inspiringfuture artists. Funk will have its place in the sound history collection withParliament’s Mothership Connection from 1975 with George Clinton’s Ain’t nothin’ but a party, y’all on the title track. Blues singer Bo Diddley is being inducted to the sound registry,too, with Bo Diddley and I’m a Man. China Jewelry Pouches
“These are not just songs, said Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.”Thousands of years of evolutions of cultures are in this music.” (Ben Margot/Associated Press) For Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Diddley’s sound was some ofthe first beats he learned as a little boy, he told The AssociatedPress. So he was thrilled that sounds of the Dead were beingpreserved at the same time. Hart had a hand in helping create the sound registry, pushing for alaw in Congress in 2000. He said he didn’t lobby for his own musicto be included this year, though he was letting other “lads” in theband know about the honour. Their music will be represented with the 1977 Barton Hall concertat Cornell University, which has been cited as one of their bestperformances ever. China Cosmetic Packaging Boxes
The recording was hailed for its sound quality. “The Grateful Dead just touched a nerve, and it’s still relevant inmany ways today,” Hart told the AP. “It’s American-based music, butthe combination of it, I guess, was the chemical that ignited, theenergy that ignited the spirit of the people for many generations.” One key choice they made was to allow fans to record their concertslive, rather than hiring guards to take away recorders. That helpedbuild an army of “Dead heads,” Hart said, because they could alltake the experience they had paid for with them. And every concertwas always different.
Hart said he is impressed with his fellow inductees in the librarycollection. “These are not just songs,” he said. “These are talking books thousands of years of evolutions of cultures are in this music. Itrepresents something even greater, the hopes, the dreams ..
thejoy, everything it takes to make up a people are embedded in thismusic.”.