U2's 'The Joshua Tree,' Linda Ronstadt's 'Heart Like a Wheel' joining National Recording Registry

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

The Joshua Tree from U2 and Heart Like a Wheel from Linda Ronstadt are among the 25 recordings chosen for long-term preservation in the library’s National Recording Registry.

"As technology continually changes and formats become obsolete, we must ensure that our nation's aural legacy is protected," Librarian of Congress James Billington said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.

According to the Digital Spy, the oldest recording was George Washington Johnson's "The Laughing Song." He was the first African-American to record the song around 1896.

The recordings represent part of America’s culture and history, according to the Library of Congress.

Ronstadt, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on April 10, said that she was surprised that her album was going to be chosen for safekeeping at the library. Ronstadt’s popular songs include “You’re No Good” and “When Will I Be Loved.”

For the first time, preserved recordings include conversations from the White House. The recordings capture the era of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The set includes nearly 850 hours of recordings including 9,400 telephone conversations and 77 cabinet-room meetings.



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