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These Recordings Deemed Important to Our Soundscape

Dr. Dre album, Whitney Houston song make the cut

(Newser) - Dr. Dre's classic debut rap album The Chronic, Selena's sophomore release Ven Conmigo, and the worldwide disco hit "YMCA" by the Village People are among 25 recordings being inducted into the National Recording Registry. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that Tina Turner's "Private Dancer,...

Library of Congress to Stop Collecting Every Public Tweet

As of Dec. 31, 2017

(Newser) - Your brilliant tweets will no longer be archived for posterity, at least not by the Library of Congress. On Tuesday it announced a change to its policy of collecting every publicly posted tweet. It reached an agreement to do so with Twitter in 2010 , and per a white paper , that...

America's New Poet Laureate Has Big Plans

Tracy K. Smith wants to bring people together through poetry

(Newser) - Tracy K. Smith, the country's new poet laureate, would like to start a conversation. "A poem asks you to let go many of your assumptions, move away from your own certainties and to listen," says Smith, 45, a Pulitzer Prize winner whose appointment to a one-year term...

25 Movies Added to National Film Registry

'Thelma & Louise' and 'Lion King' are among them

(Newser) - The Library of Congress has added 25 more titles to the National Film Registry, with familiar ones such as the Lion King, the Princess Bride, and Thelma & Louise making the cut. The additions now bring the total number of films in the registry to 700, reports Time . To qualify,...

The 14th Librarian of Congress Is a Woman

Carla Hayden is also the first African-American in the post

(Newser) - The nation's new librarian of Congress makes history on two fronts: Carla Hayden is not only the first woman to hold the post, she's the first African-American to do so, reports Time . The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Hayden for the job, making her the 14th person to run...

Think This Photo Is Real? Look Again

Ulysses S. Grant was never on that horse

(Newser) - Think photographs before the advent of Photoshop were fairly accurate? Then consider the photo "General Grant at City Point" from the enormous Library of Congress photo archives, NPR reports. This sepia-toned shot depicts Union leader and future US president Ulysses S. Grant astride his mount before a camp of...

Pope Francis Giving Pricey Bible to Library of Congress

He's expected to present the gift to John Boehner tomorrow

(Newser) - Pope Francis is addressing Congress tomorrow, and he plans to bring a pretty nice gift along with him. The pontiff will reportedly present lawmakers and the Library of Congress with a Bible believed to have cost $8 million to make, MSN reports. As the Hill reported last month, the Apostles...

Library of Congress' New Audio Saves: Radiohead, Baez

'Stand By Me,' Righteous Brothers tunes also selected for preservation

(Newser) - One of the most broadcast songs of the 20th century, Ben E. King's "Stand by Me," has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress, along with recordings from Joan Baez, The Righteous Brothers, Steve Martin, and the darker sounds of the band Radiohead. Twenty-five sound...

President's Century-Old Affair Letters to Be Released

But they're not to Warren Harding's best-known mistress

(Newser) - A thousand pages of love letters from the man some historians say was America's most scandalous president to a mistress will see the light of day next month for the first time in around a century. The Library of Congress says the letters from Warren G. Harding to Claire...

25 More Films Picked for Posterity

'Roger & Me,' 'Mary Poppins' make the cut for Library of Congress

(Newser) - What could Mary Poppins, Pulp Fiction, and Roger & Me possibly have in common? They were among 25 films selected by the National Film Registry to be preserved for their cultural, historical, or cinematic significance. Here are the movies honored today by the Library of Congress, in alphabetical order:
  • Bless

Library of Congress Adds 25 More Recordings

Simon & Garfunkel, Chubby Checker, Janis Joplin, and Pink Floyd among inductees

(Newser) - Pink Floyd is about to be enshrined in the Library of Congress. So are Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Chubby Checker, and 21 other artists, the institution said today, as it announced the latest expansion of its audio collection. The selected recordings span from 1918 to 1980, the AP reports....

National Film Registry Adds 25 Movies

'Christmas Story,' 'League of Their Own,' 'Matrix' make the cut

(Newser) - The Library of Congress has added 25 films to its National Film Registry, with some familiar titles in the mix, reports the LA Times :
  • A Christmas Story (1983): Yep, the perennial favorite about the quest for a Red Ryder BB gun.
  • The Matrix (1999): The one that started the sci-fi

Carole King First Woman to Get US Song Honor

Library of Congress salutes her lifetime of work with Gershwin prize

(Newser) - Carole King makes a little history next spring when she collects the 2013 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the US Library of Congress. King is the first woman to win the honor, which salutes a body of songwriting, reports the LA Times . King, 70, made her name with the...

Among 25 Newly Honored US Sounds: 'Purple Rain'

Only-known audio of ex-slaves also joins National Recording Registry

(Newser) - America's archived history just got a little noisier: 25 sounds that shaped the American cultural landscape are being inducted into the National Recording Registry. The additions are being announced today by the Library of Congress. Among them:
  • A handful of pop/rock songs: Donna Summer's 1977 hit "I

America's Best Record Collection Takes Shape

Library of Congress announcing plan to expand public access

(Newser) - A former nuclear fallout shelter near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia is now home to the nation's musical and cinematic history over the past century. The Library of Congress's state-of-the-art $250 million Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation contains nearly 100 miles of shelves and 6 million goodies—...

Empire Strikes Back Bound for Library of Congress

Saturday Night Fever also chosen for preservation collection

(Newser) - The Empire Strikes Back and Saturday Night Fever are among 25 films bound for a special Library of Congress archive this year. Some 2,100 films picked by the National Film Preservation Board and the public were nominated for preservation in the National Film Registry, the AP reports. The films...

'Declaration' Reveals Jefferson Slip-Up

Founding father wrote 'subjects,' then changed to 'citizens'

(Newser) - Thomas Jefferson, even in the act of declaring independence from England, had trouble breaking free from monarchical rule. In an early draft of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote the word "subjects," when he referred to the American public. He then erased that word and replaced it with...

Why Archiving Tweets for Posterity Is a Wise Move

Historians might love to know what you ate for breakfast

(Newser) - Lots of people are snickering over the Library of Congress' decision to archive everything tweeted on Twitter, but Christopher Beam doesn't think it's "especially crazy." It will provide historians with a treasure trove of the mundane, giving them insights into how ordinary people lived and thought that would...

Library of Congress Adds Twitter to Collection

Yes, all of Twitter—every public tweet since 2006

(Newser) - Good news: future generations will someday be able to read about what you ate for lunch, your opinions on last night’s Lost, and anything else you’ve decided to Tweet about, in the hallowed halls of the Library of Congress. The Library today announced—via Tweet, naturally—that it...

Library of Congress Immortalizes Jackson's 'Thriller'

It's the first music video to make the National Film Registry

(Newser) - Michael Jackson has scored another posthumous honor: The Library of Congress has selected his "Thriller" video to be among the 25 films added this year to the National Film Registry. It's the first music video to make the cut. Other honorees include The Muppet Movie, Dog Day Afternoon, Pillow ...

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