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English Professor Helps Choose Library of Congress Recordings

March 7, 2007

Burt Feintuch, director of the Center for the Humanities and professor of English, was among those who selected this year’s sound recordings for inclusion in the National Recording Registry. The 25 sound recordings were deemed historically, culturally, or aesthetically significant. The new additions to the registry, which span the years 1904-1986, honor a wide variety of outstanding spoken and musical recordings. Among the selections are Franklin D. Roosevelt’s legendary address to Congress after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; civil rights milestones, including Pete Seeger’s 1963 Carnegie Hall concert and Sam Cooke’s beautifully haunting song lamenting the lack of racial progress; Paul Simon’s album “Graceland,” which introduced the South African musical group Ladysmith Black Mambazo to the nation; the quintessential rock ‘n ‘roll classic by The Rolling Stones, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”; and notable performances by a pantheon of significant artists, including Jelly Roll Morton, The Carter Family, Bob Marley, Artur Rubinstein, Cole Porter, Eubie Blake and Sarah Vaughan. Feintuch is a board member of the Library of Congress's National Recording Preservation Board.


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