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Our Taxes present The National Jukebox

17th May 11 (Tue) Leave a comment Go to comments

This was flying around the interwebs last week… finally got as chance to check it out.  The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

** http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/ **

Within the first 48 hours since its launch on May 10th, it logged more than 1 million page views and more than 250,000 streams.   The project has opened up the library’s archive with an initial posting of more than 10,000 pre-1925 recordings from the Victor record label, now under the Sony Music umbrella. The recordings span jazz, blues, ethnic folk, gospel, pop, spoken word, comedy and other genres dating to the early 20th century.

You think tax dollars aren’t going towards something good?  Well, as far as archival music, I’m super happy that my tax dollars helped make this possible.

~Dan – np: The Book of Mormon (original cast recording)

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