I recently received an invitation to contribute an essay to the National Recording Registry. The Registry, maintained by the National Recording Preservation Board of the U.S. Library of Congress, chooses certain recordings each year that reflect the richness of the American recorded sound heritage, to preserve that legacy for future generations.
There were many great recordings inducted into the Registry that caught my eye, but the choice of my first piece was easy: Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced.
Here is a link to the essay as it appears on the National Registry. It was a privilege to write about this timeless, groundbreaking record, which was and remains hugely influential, and is still enjoyed by countless listeners more than four decades after its release.
A copy of the text of the essay is also included on TheVinylPress.com here.
July 17, 2015