Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced Wednesday a selection of 25 sound recordings to the National Recording Registry that will be preserved as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures, representing the richness and diversity of the American soundscape.
Among those selected are U2’s The Joshua Tree, Linda Rondstadt’s Heart Like a Wheel, the Everly Brothers’ “Cathy’s Clown,” Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah,” and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son.”
“These recordings represent an important part of America’s culture and history,” said Billington. “As technology continually changes and formats become obsolete, we must ensure that our nation’s aural legacy is protected. The National Recording Registry is at the core of this effort.”
Each year the Library of Congress is tasked with selecting 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. The selections for the 2013 registry bring the total number of recordings on the registry to 400, a small part of the Library’s vast recorded sound collection of more than 3.5 million items.