Tuesday, April 5, 2005

VAUGHN MEADER, SLIGHTED AGAIN: The Library of Congress today announced this year's 50 inductees into the National Recording Registry--a class led (in the music category) by the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds," the score to "Star Wars," Public Enemy's "Fear of A Black Planet," and Nirvana's "Nevermind." Prior inductees include Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," Ray Charles' "What'd I Say," "Sgt. Peppers'," Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On?," Carole King's "Tapestry," Springsteen's "Born to Run," and Grandmaster Flash's "The Message." The Registry also includes sound recordings of speeches by Neil Armstrong, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, and William Jennings Bryan. Then, there are oddities like "The Jesse Walter Fewkes field recordings of the Passamaquoddy Indians," the "Okeh Laughing Record," premiere broadcasts of "The Grand Ole Opry" and "A Prarie Home Companion," and "Recordings of Asian elephants by Katharine Payne." Reading the items that are in is worth a few minutes of your time.

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