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The Police, Led Zeppelin Recordings Added To U.S. Registry

Recordings by The Police and Led Zeppelin are among those being added to the National Recording Registry at the U.S. Library of Congress.

The list of 25 recordings, unveiled Wednesday morning, includes The Police’s 1983 album Synchronicity and Led Zeppelin’s 1971 classic “Stairway to Heaven.” The only Canadian content this year comes from Neil Young with the addition of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s 1970 album Déjà Vu. (Canada’s Joni Mitchell wrote the track “Woodstock.”) John Lennon’s “Imagine” is the first song by a former Beatle to be added to the registry.

The recordings were selected for preservation “based on their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance in the nation’s recorded sound heritage,” according to the U.S. Library of Congress. There were 1,100 nominations from the public this year. “The National Recording Registry preserves our history through recorded sound and reflects our nation’s diverse culture,” said Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, in a release. “The national library is proud to help ensure these recordings are preserved for generations to come.”


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