Rare Artist Interviews Now Available for Streaming

The Library of Congress is now streaming, for free, rare artist interviews collected by author and veteran music industry executive Joe Smith.

This past June, Smith donated his collection of audio interviews from the 1980s that has since been digitized and made available to the public. With hundreds of hours of recordings, "these frank and poignant oral histories of many of the nation's musician icons gives us unique insights into them as artists, entertainers, and human beings," states Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

Tony Bennett on Satchmo: "He invented jazz. He invented the whole art of popular music. He actually invented it...he was the fountainhead. There isn't any note or anything in popular music that's even been done that Louis Armstrong didn't do before anybody else. He did everything."

B.B. King on the future of the blues: "I feel it's dying as we've known it. But there will continuously be blues as long as there are people on the planet, because people gonna continuously have problems."

With more than 225 recordings, the list reads like a who's who in the music industry, with names that include Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Bo Diddley, George Harrison, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, and many more.

To read more, visit the L.A. Times.

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