Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Library Of Congress Celebrates Recordings Of Beethoven, Samuel Barber, Rock 'n' Roll, Acid Rock, And Noise-Rock

WASHINGTON (AP) -- "A high school band plays Beethoven. President Calvin Coolidge delivers his inaugural address. Fats Domino turns ''Blueberry Hill,'' which had been a hit for Glenn Miller, into a rock 'n' roll classic.

They're among the 50 records that the Library of Congress has deemed worthy of preservation this year....

Other rock classics being inducted include Jerry Lee Lewis' ''Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On'' and Buddy Holly's ''That'll Be the Day,'' both from 1957; the Jimi Hendrix Experience's ''Are You Experienced?'' from 1967; and Sonic Youth's landmark noise-rock album ''Daydream Nation,'' from 1988.

Other sounds to be preserved include a radio broadcast by Clem McCarthy of Joe Louis' first-round knockout of Max Schmeling in 1938. The audience was estimated at 70 million. ''The symbolism of an African-American defeating a citizen of the political state that proclaimed the superiority of the white race was lost on no one,'' the library commented.

Samuel Barber's ''Adagio for Strings'' was performed the same year by the NBC Symphony, led by Arturo Toscanini. The library noted that the work has been called the ''American anthem for sadness and grief.''

Every year since 2000, the library has registered recordings ''that are culturally. historically or aesthetically important and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.'' Last year it unveiled newly discovered tapes of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane from 1957 -- a discovery that yielded one of the top-selling jazz CDs of 2005."

Associated Press "Library of Congress Picks 50 Recordings" April 11, 2006 via Nytimes.com


Fats Domino

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