Library of Congress taps 25 sounds for registry

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One key choice they made was to allow fans to record their concerts live, rather than hiring guards to take away recorders. That helped build an army of “Dead heads,” Hart said, because they could all take the experience they had paid for with them. And every concert was always different.

Hart said he is impressed with his fellow inductees in the library collection.

“These are not just songs,” he said. “These are talking books — thousands of years of evolutions of cultures are in this music. It represents something even greater, the hopes, the dreams … the joy, everything it takes to make up a people are embedded in this music.”

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