David Bowie’s 1972 classic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars is among 25 titles that have been added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
Each year, 25 titles are chosen that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”, with the stipulation that each entry is at least ten years old. So far 475 recordings have been added.
This year’s entries include Judy Garland’s 1939 recording of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’, ‘In The Midnight Hour’ by Wilson Pickett, ‘Straight Outta Compton’ by NWA, The Eagles first hit collection Their Greatest Hits (1971-1974), and Don McLean’s 1971 single/high-school-history-class-staple ‘American Pie’.
McLean was touched by his inclusion, stating: “With few exceptions, American music is the whole of popular music. We have done it all, written the greatest songs and produced the greatest artists. I am so proud to be a part of this creative effort.”
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