Jackson's Thriller added to National Recording Registry
Michael Jackson’s iconic album Thriller was one of 25 recorded works added to the National Recording Registry on Wednesday.
The National Recording Preservation Act was passed in 2000 to ensure that “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant” works were preserved for future generations. Each year, the Library of Congress chooses 25 works to add to the collection based on nominations by the public and consultations with the National Recordings Preservation Board.
Musical recordings are not the only works considered for inclusion in the registry. In addition to Thriller, Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" and Joni Mitchell’s For the Roses, Harry Truman’s speech at the 1948 Democratic National Convention and a 1945 recording of New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia reading comics to children during a newspaper delivery strike were also among this year’s selections.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington underscored the importance of preserving these recordings in a statement released Wednesday. “Audio preservation constitutes a critical challenge,” he said. “Much has already been lost, particularly in the field of radio. As the nation’s library, the Library of Congress and NRPB are working to identify problems; come up with practical, consensus solutions; and assist other institutions facing these daunting challenges.”
For a full list of recordings added to the National Recording Registry, visit the National Recording Preservation Board’s official site.
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