The Library of Congress announced today 25 new additions to the National Recording Registry. ASCAP members are among those with musical works being selected this year for the esteemed collection. These include Prince and the Revolution’s Purple Rain, a live recording of The Grateful Dead’s 1977 concert at Cornell’s Barton Hall, Donna Summer’s "I Feel Love" and Leonard Bernstein’s 1943 debut with the New York Philharmonic. Other ASCAP members selected for their notable performances are Parliament and Stan Kenton and His Orchestra.
These selections are among a diverse mix of audio recordings that include not only musical works, but also spoken-word recordings. Additional selections include the only known recorded interviews with former slaves (1932-1941) and a recording of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" (1888) by one of Thomas Edison’s former employees, one of the first ever commercial recordings. The National Recording Registry, which includes more than 300 audio recordings, was established in 2000 as a way to preserve cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures.