Peter Bergman, Phil Proctor, and David Ossman will be at
the Library of Congress at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, April 11
and perform the breakfast scene and the Porgy & Mudhead
jalopy scene from "Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The
Pliers" (which is one of the 50 recordings being added to
the National Recording Registry) as part of the LOC
news conference announcing the new additions to the
Maryedith Burrell, Melinda Peterson, and Preston Ossman
will also be there.
(if they only allow reporters into the news conference,
tell them you're from Talon News; apparently, you can
get into anything in Washington if you say that...)
Here is the LOC press release:
April 6, 2006
Press contact: Sheryl Cannady (202) 707-6456
Library of Congress to Announce Fourth Annual
National Recording Registry on April 11
Previously Undiscovered Jazz Recording to Be Unveiled
Firesign Theatre to Perform Comedy Routine
WHAT: The Library of Congress will announce the fourth annual selection
of the 50 historic sound recordings to be added to the National Recording
Registry during a news conference. A press package, including a CD-ROM of
selected audio clips and complementary images, will be available at the
A media repository (www.loc.gov/2005NationalRecordingRegistry) will be
activated at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11, for the media to download
MP3 files of registry audio clips and sound bites, as well as electronic
printed materials and images. The National Recording Registry media Web
page will be active for seven days.
The Library will also announce the discovery and preservation of a
previously unknown recording of one of the world's most celebrated
Celebrity guests at the event will include Martha Reeves of Martha and
the Vandellas, Bob Hendrix, cousin of legendary musician Jimi Hendrix,
and members of the Firesign Theatre, the renowned comedy troupe known
as the "Beatles of Comedy," who will perform a five-minute comedy routine.
Press conference participants and members of the National Recording
Preservation Board will be available for interviews at the conclusion
of the program.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 11
WHERE: Members' Room, first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10
First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. Enter the building on the ground level.
WHO: Martha Reeves, former lead singer of the classic Motown group Martha
and the Vandellas and currently a member of the Detroit City Council
Bob Hendrix, vice president, Experience Hendrix
Firesign Theatre, renowned "Beatles of Comedy" troupe
Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for Library Services, Library of Congress
Gregory Lukow, chief, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division
The National Recording Registry
(http://www.loc.gov/rr/record/nrpb/nrpb-nrr.html) was established by the
National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-474) "to maintain and
preserve sound recordings and collections of sound recordings that are
culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The purpose of the
registry is to draw attention to the critical need to preserve and restore
America's recorded sound heritage. This heritage is threatened by the
deterioration of most of the recording media invented in the last 100 years,
including modern audiotape.
The Library's Recorded Sound Section holds 2.8 million sound recordings.
At last year's National Recording Registry news conference, the Library
announced that historically significant concert tapes, featuring the
legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk and iconic saxophonist
John Coltrane, had been uncovered in the Library's recorded sound collection
during preparation for preservation.
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Offer not good after curfew in Sectors R or N.
-- Firesign Theatre