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Audio recordings related to the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State now available online

“More than 100 reel-to-reel audio recordings pertaining to the May 4, 1970 Kent State University shootings and their aftermath are now accessible online.The university libraries have an extensive special collection and archive related to the day the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine.” (via cleveland.com)

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Joe Smith’s Recorded Interviews with Music Icons Featured on Library Website

“In 1988, John Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono gave a candid interview to record-label president Joe Smith about the Beatles’ split: “For John, it was a divorce. I think he was feeling very good about it, as if a big weight was off him.” Ono was among more than 200 celebrated performers, producers and industry leaders whose words Smith captured on audiotape more than 25 years ago in an effort to document the oral history of popular music. In June 2012, Smith donated the collection of recordings to the Library of Congress—a tremendous assembly of primary-source oral histories covering perhaps the most important 50 years of popular music, nationally and internationally. On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the Library will make a series of these revealing, unedited recordings available for listening free to the public on its website at www.loc.gov/rr/record/joesmith. The first group of recordings posted on the site will consist of 25 interviews. These include interviews with Tony Bennett, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Bo Diddley and Linda Rondstadt. More recordings in the Smith collection will be added to the site over time.”

via Library of Congress

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New Entries to the National Recording Registry

LOC – “Recordings by Donna Summer, Prince and Dolly Parton Named to the National Recording Registry. The voices of former slaves, the sounds of Native American culture, the creative wordplay of “Rapper’s Delight,” Donna Summer’s electric 1977 hit and the only surviving recording of a stage icon are among the sound recordings selected for induction into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Marking the 10th anniversary of the registry, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today selected 25 sound recordings that will be preserved as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures for generations to come.”

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Study: Audio recordings of US history fading fast

Associated Press – “New digital recordings of events in U.S. history and early radio shows are at risk of being lost much faster than older ones on tape and many are already gone, according to a study on sound released Wednesday. Even recent history – such as recordings from 9/11 or the 2008 election – is at risk because digital sound files can be corrupted, and widely used CD-R discs only last three to five years before files start to fade, said study co-author Sam Brylawski.”

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Books for Ears

Andrea Mercado – “Back in January, I was on the phone with my friend Jeanne Kramer-Smyth, fabulous archives student extraordinaire, and she told me about a project idea she had for an audiobook review site. Not just your average plot-character-opinion reviews, but reviews specific to the audio aspects, like the readers, the chapter organization, the general overall usability of the recording, etc.”

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