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Velvet Underground, Rolling Stones Recordings Preserved

Recordings by the Rolling Stones, Velvet Underground, and Paul Simon, among others, have been chosen by the U.S. Librarian of Congress to be preserved in the National Recordings Registry. The tunes, considered culturally significant by members of the public and a panel of music and preservation experts, include the Rolling Stones’ infamous 1965 single, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” Velvet Underground’s 1967 LP Velvet Underground and Nico, and Paul Simon’s Graceland. Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes,” the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” and “We Shall Overcome” by folky Pete Seeger, have also been selected for entry. The aforementioned recordings will join 225 others — including the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation, and Nirvana’s Nevermind — in an archive created by Congress in 2000 to be preserved for future generations.

>> Listen to the Velvet Underground on Napster
>> Listen to the Rolling Stones on Napster

On the Web:
The National Recording Registry’s website

Talk: Which other recordings should be preserved for future generations?