Music News 3.30.17

Nearly Two Dozen Recordings to be Added to Library Of Congress’s Registry

The Library of Congress has announced roughly two dozen recordings that are being inducted into its national Recording Registry. These recordings are a bit of a motley crew, with Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton album in its entirety, and the inaugural episode of the NPR program All Things Considered making-up part of this year’s list. That particular episode is dated May 3, 1971, and focused on May Day protests against the Vietnam War. Susan Stamberg, original member of the NPR team and 14-year host for All Things Considered called the inclusion an honor and a privilege. Sound recordings added to the National Recording Registry are noted for being, “culturally, history, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect like in the United States,” and are at least ten years old. The registry was established by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, and members of its board are appointed by the Library of Congress. Since it’s beginning, the registry has archived 475 recordings of American history.



Bob Dylan to Receive Nobel Prize (Finally!)

Bob Dylan is playing a series of concerts in Stockholm over the weekend, and while he’s there, he’ll be accepting his Nobel Prize of Literature. He will still not be delivering his lecture mandated by the Academy of all of its winners on this trip, but will tape one at a later point. According to the Academy, the ceremony will be small and include an intimate performance for the 50 members of the Academy, with no media allowed.


-Taylor Wallace

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