Monday, January 10, 2011

Library of Congress Gets Huge Recording Archive from Universal

Library of Congress Gets Huge Recording Archive -

The Library of Congress has begun taking possession of a huge donation of recordings, some 200,000 metal, glass and lacquer master discs from the period 1926 to 1948 that have been languishing in the subterranean vaults of Universal Music Group, the largest music conglomerate in the United States.

The bequest, which is to be formally announced on Monday, contains music representing every major genre of American popular song of that era — jazz, blues, country and the smooth pop of the pre-rock-’n’-roll period — as well as some light classical and spoken-word selections.
For fans of that Old-Timey music. Several years though before the digitized archives are made available through streaming, and even then it may be through iTunes.
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