Preserving Music in the Digital Age
The beginning of the 20th century saw the birth of jazz, country, blues, and big band. But most of the early recordings from the this musical era are either lost or have been unavailable to the public -- until now. Sony and the Library of Congress have come together to stream thousands of old tracks over the web on a site called the National Jukebox. We examine the technological and legal challenges of preserving old music in the digital age and listen back on the tracks that would inspire musicians for decades to come.
Today's "National Jukebox" Selections
"Rhapsody in Blue" Performed by the Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra, with George Gershwin on the piano
“All going out and nothing coming in” rec. 10/11/1901 Sung by Bert Williams
“Ain’t that a shame?” rec. 12/4/1901 Sung by Silas Leachman