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Joe Smith Collection to Library of Congress

NO ORDINARY JOE: Former head of Warner Bros. Records, Elektra/Asylum and Capitol/ EMI Joe Smith will donate to the Library of Congress the unedited tapes from his interviews with more than 200 celebrated performers and industry icons in his groundbreaking 1988 book, Off the Record. The list of noted artists and executives featured in the 238 hours of dialogue include Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Little Richard, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Elton John, Paul Simon, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Sting, Tony Bennett, Joan Baez, James Taylor, Dick Clark, Tina Turner, Tom Jones, B. B. King, Quincy Jones, David Geffen, Mickey Hart, Harry Belafonte and many others.   These candid and unabridged interviews have been digitized by the Library and initially will be accessible in its Capitol Hill reading room as “The Joe Smith Collection.”  Some of the recordings also will be streamed on the Library’s website (www.loc.gov) later this year. The recordings will be housed in the Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, VA, a state-of-the-art facility that was made possible through the generosity of David Woodley Packard and the Packard Humanities Institute, with benefaction from the U.S. Congress (6/6p)

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