The US Library of Congress has ‘flipped a switch’ to launch its new National Jukebox site, which offers 10,000 streaming music and spoken word recordings through a partnership with Sony Music Entertainment. The focus of the site is on older works, some of which have bene unavailable for more than 100 years. The Los Angeles Times explains that examples include a 1917 recording of Livery Stable Blues by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band – trailed as the first blues recording – as well as piano performances by ‘jazz-ragtime pioneer’ Eubie Blake. “There are so many angles from the academic perspective of how this would be a resource. Just in my small corner of the universe of teaching songwriting, the ability to be able to go to the source so students can see the tradition of American music and American songwriting, to see this lineage and to be able to draw upon it is going to be enormous,” says Chris Sampson, associate dean of USC’s Thornton School of Music.

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