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Paul McCartney, Elton John + Bob Dylan Recordings Enter Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress has announced a wealth of new material that is entering their archives from the likes of Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Elton John, among others.

The influx comes thanks to former Capitol Records/EMI president Joe Smith, who donated a wealth of interviews with over 200 musical starts to the Library.

Rolling Stone reports that the Library has digitized the recordings and will make them available in its Capitol Hill reading room. Some of the interviews will also be made available to stream on their website later this year as well.

Smith reportedly recorded over 238 hours of interviews over the course of two years during his tenure at Capitol/EMI, and has used excerpts in a book. He tells Rolling Stone, “In recent years, it dawned on me that, if anything, the significance of recollections from Jerry Lee Lewis, Mick Jagger, Smokey Robinson, Ahmet Ertegun, Herb Alpert, Ruth Brown and all the other notables I was fortunate enough to interview are truly part of the fabric of our cultural history.” Smith, now 84, says he hopes that future generations will benefit from hearing from the voices of the greats.

In addition to the names mentioned, other stars that are part of this new bounty of interview material include David Bowie, Steven Tyler, Peter Frampton, Les Paul, Bo Diddley, Ella Fitzgerald, Paul Simon, Joan Baez, B.B. King, Dave Brubeck, Mickey Hart, and Tina Turner.

A few weeks back, the Library of Congress also announced the additions of recordings from Prince, Donna Summer, the Grateful Dead, Booker T. and the M.G.’s Love, Bo Diddley, and the Sugarhill Gang to the National Registry.

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