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Re: [ARSCLIST] National Recording Registry

At 08:05 PM 1/28/2003 -0500, Mike Loughlin wrote:
Mike, In my mind Woody Guthrie was one of the greatest songwriters that ever
lived. What I am doing is pointing out the meaninglessness of this "National
Recording Registry" nonsense and its counterproductiveness.  If the LOC has
the entire Woody Guthrie catalog they should put that online tomorrow.
That's what Woody would have wanted, not to be known for one song,probably
with verses omitted.
"This Land is Your Land" means just that. This Congress is your congress.
This Library of Congress is Your Library of Congress. These recordings are
your recordings. The Supreme Court and Sonny Bono have stolen them and are
now throwing some 50 song pittance back at you that they have decided is
what you should hear.-ml

The tenor of your post suggested: How dare they permit such a radical on that sacred list. My own reaction is that the list is heavily left-oriented (did you miss the Blitzstein?), but that that is in fact an accurate reflection of much enduring music from that turbulent era.

If you reread what you wrote, you may see that it sounds as though written
by a neo-McCarthyite. Your sarcasm was lost on me, I'm afraid, without the
explanation you provided above.


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