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“Culturally Significant” records from Bowie, N.W.A. and Talking Heads archived into the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has announced the latest inductees into the National Recording Registry, which archives “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” works that are at least 10 years old.

Among the 25 new additions to the collection are David Bowie’s 1972 record The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Talking Heads’ 1980 Remain in Light, and N.W.A.’s 1988 debut Straight Outta Compton.

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The National Recording Registry preserves works that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” in the Library of Congress.

Other entires in the 2016 National Recording Registry include an 1888 recording of Civil War Col. George Gouraud (captured on a Thomas Edison phonograph), Judy Garland’s Over the Rainbow, Don MacLean’s American Pie, the first broadcast of NPR’s All Things Considered (1971), and Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975). See the full list here.

In 2015, the Library of Congress archived Radiohead’s OK Computer in the National Recording Registry. Last year, Metallica’s Master of Puppets, Billy Joel’s Piano Man, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, and more were included in the Registry.

This article originally appeared on Pitchfork. 

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March 30, 2017

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