[lastfm]R.E.M[/lastfm]‘s 1983 track “Radio Free Europe” has been inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry, along with works by 25 other artists.
According to the terms of the 2000 National Recording Preservation Act, the content considered for preservation must be 10 years old and have cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance. Nominations were gathered by public submission online and from National Recording Preservation Board members.
“Radio Free Europe” is described by the National Recording Registry as setting “the pattern for later indie rock releases by breaking through on college radio in the face of mainstream radio’s general indifference.”
There are now 300 recordings in the National Recording Registry. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington assures that the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia, will give the public access to recordings and maintain them.
Other recent inductees include, [lastfm]Willie Nelson[/lastfm], [lastfm]Tupac Shakur [/lastfm]and the 1959 original cast album of Gypsy.