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Library of Congress To Preserve Recordings By U2, Linda Ronstadt, & Creedence Clearwater Revival
As it has done every year since 2002, when the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 kicked in, the Library of Congress has selected twenty-five recordings for the National Recording Registry, which is dedicated to preserving artifacts of sound that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” It’s basically like the government version of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and this year’s batch of “significant” recordings includes work by U2, Linda Ronstadt and Creedence Clearwater Revival, among many others.
So from here on out, as long as the United States has its very own library, U2’s The Joshua Tree will be cataloged there, along with Linda Ronstadt’s breakthrough Heart Like a Wheel.
In a press released outlining this year’s selections, the Library of Congress explained that 1987’s The Joshua Tree found U2 guitarist The Edge “[perfecting] the chiming delayed guitar sound that syncs the rhythm section and complements Bono’s impassioned vocals.” As for Ronstadt, the Library said that she was “blessed with excellent taste in song selection and the talent to put her own stamp on each of her covers.”
Among the other recordings selected this year were the Everly Brothers’ stunning 1960 single “Cathy’s Clown, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s iconic 1969 jam “Fortunate Son,” and the late Jeff Buckley’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which the Library of Congress praised for “[enhancing] the song’s deep meaning in both public and private commemorations of grief, piety and celebration.”
"These recordings represent an important part of America’s culture and history," said Librarian of Congress James H. 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."
Your tax dollars at work! Check out the Library of Congress website for a complete list of this year’s selections.