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Nov. 14, 2012

Vol. 113, No. 4

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Selections from the National Recording Registry

Published in the November 14, 2012, issue


PHOTO: BETTMANN/CORBIS

EDISON TALKING-DOLL CYLINDER, 1888 First known commercial recording.

*Included in the compilation below.

PHOTO: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

VOICES FROM THE DAYS OF SLAVERY, 1932–41 — WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION  Interviews capture the first-hand experiences of former slaves.

*Included in the compilation below.

PHOTO: BETTMANN/CORBIS

“I CAN HEAR IT NOW: 1933–1945,” EDWARD R. MURROW AND FRED W. FRIENDLY, 1948  CBS newsmen package speech excerpts and news snippets in top-selling records.

*Included in the compilation below.

PHOTO: WALTER ENGELS/NY DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE VIA GETTY IMAGES

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC DEBUT OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN, 1943 The 25-year-old ­substitutes for an ill conductor and wins front-page notice in The New York Times.

PHOTO: METRONOME/GETTY IMAGES

“ARTISTRY IN RHYTHM,” STAN KENTON, 1943 Jazz leaves the ­ballroom to become complex concert music.

*Included in the compilation below.

PHOTO: COURTESY INSTITUTE OF JAZZ STUDIES, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

INTERNATIONAL SWEETHEARTS OF RHYTHM, 1944–1946 An interracial, all-women jazz band tours Europe and the United States.

*Included in the compilation below.

PHOTO: MAX REDFERN/GETTY IMAGES

“MOTHERSHIP CONNECTION,” PARLIAMENT, 1975 Jazz, rock, and dance music won’t be the same after funk gets serious in this sharply political but totally danceable work by George Clinton and a top-flight band.

PHOTO: AP IMAGES

“PURPLE RAIN,” PRINCE, 1984 A new blend of analog and ­electronic sound; catchy tunes; and a fusion of funk, pop, soul, and rock make this one of the era’s most influential albums.

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3 Responses to Selections from the National Recording Registry

Thomas Freund '47 Says:

2012-11-12 11:46:15

I would enjoy hearing more. Can these archives be accessed online by the public?

Brett Tomlinson, PAW Says:

2012-11-12 11:59:59

There are two links we'd suggest. The full National Recording Registry has a few links to early recordings: http://www.loc.gov/rr/record/nrpb/registry/nrpb-masterlist.html And the Washington Post provided clips for all 25 of the 2011 NRR additions, drawing on YouTube: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/arts-post/post/listen-to-2011-national-recording-registry-additions-prince-donna-summer-dolly-parton/2012/05/23/gJQAqgogkU_blog.html

Pell Osborn s'85 Says:

2012-11-30 09:27:00

These wonderful audio clips ignite our curiosity. The PAW piece about the man who compiled them, Librarian of Congress James Billington '50, reminds us, among other things, of the power in serendipity of liberal arts education!
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