Category Archives: Audio Archive

Black History Month and Famous Banjos

I found this radio interview with Rosa Parks just 4 months after she refused to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, AL. Her interview goes from 12:39-18:50. http://www.archive.org/details/dn2005-1025_vid And here is an interview from the 1957 with … Continue reading

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Images on the Live Music Archive!

A note from the forums… Hi there, We want to encourage all of you to attach any image files you may have to the live shows you upload. A good photo of a band playing can really enhance an item; … Continue reading

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Audio and Video improvements

Hi Patrons, Yesterday we made live a large update to the way we create the audio and video displayed on our site.  Most folks might not notice the changes, so here’s a rundown: For Audio: We can now read and … Continue reading

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Kick Back With Old Time Radio Shows

2009 bombards people with screens; whether you’re picking up your phone, checking your mail, watching the news, going to a movie, or reading this blog, you likely encounter upwards of three screens everyday. So it’s good to take a break … Continue reading

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Home of the Brave

Gentlemen and ladies, please remove your hats for the singing of our national anthem. We sing it at the beginning of sporting events, during worship services, at memorials for veterans, and in grade school music class. The first verse of … Continue reading

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An All-Star Team

It has been about seven months since NASA and Internet Archive teamed up to create nasaimages.org. Through a Space Act Agreement, NASA has granted Internet Archive unprecedented access to all of the NASA centers’ media archives. While media from NASA … Continue reading

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200 Candles for Abraham Lincoln

Just about 200 years ago, or 10 score as Abraham Lincoln might say, one of the most iconic presidents in history was born. On February 12, 1809, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks gave birth to a baby boy in a … Continue reading

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Concerts On This Day in History

I’m always intrigued by “this day in history” type of facts. There’s some sort of immediacy to them that makes you feel connected to the past in a more unique way. That’s why I always like to check the “Shows … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Lewis Carroll!

To celebrate, I would suggest having an Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland party. Lewis Carroll, whose legal name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, provided readers with one of the most fantastical and adored lands. Is there one among us who hasn’t dreamed … Continue reading

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Do It Yourself (With Some Help From the Archive)

New Year’s resolutions often center around learning something new, getting a new hobby, or opening yourself up to different experiences. New Year’s resolutions also fall to the back of the mind within a few weeks of the new year. Let … Continue reading

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Inaugurations Past on the Archive

Who’s ready for a new president? Two million people will gather next Tuesday in Washington to hear Barack Obama give his inaugural address, and many millions more will be watching on television. He and his speechwriting team have been working … Continue reading

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Sharing is Caring: More Than 56,000 Live Shows Available

If you’re a live music fan, it’s likely you’ve visited our Live Music Archive. The LMA is a place where willing bands and dedicated fans can freely trade recordings of live shows for non-commercial use. It’s reminiscent of the bygone … Continue reading

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For Auld Lang Syne, My Dear

2008 is quickly passing by with 2009 on its heels, and it’s just about time to bring out the sparklers and party hats. It’s a unique time of year when looking back is just as important as looking forward, when, … Continue reading

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Tales of the Live Music Archive

It’s quite tempting to visit Internet Archive’s Live Music Archive and be drawn to the bands you’re familiar with and adore. Grateful Dead, Smashing Pumpkins, Jason Mraz, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Guster all beg you to choose their name, … Continue reading

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Picklist #3

Some random morsels from the Internet Archive collections: 1. Paul Otlet (pronounced ot-LAY; 1868-1944) is considered the “father” of information science. A Belgian lawyer and visionary, he aspired to create a central repository of all human knowledge. From the 1920s … Continue reading

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Picklist #2

In search of unusual items at Archive.org… 1) Anaïs Nin – Winter of Artifice, a collection of three short novels: Stella, Winter of Artifice, The Voice, with engravings by Ian Hugo. Some of the historical data surrounding this book is … Continue reading

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Picklist #1

Miscellaneous picks from the Archive.org site… 1) Classic book: The Duchess of Langeais by Honoré de Balzac This short novel tells a tragic love story, or a duel of personalities, in a style that seems surprisingly modern and with a … Continue reading

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Audio Poetry and Books

Naropa Poetics Archive (AUDIO) – Over 800 programs of poetry readings, classroom workshops and performances of mostly post-WWII American poetry, from the Beats to Language poetry and beyond, but also many lectures covering the history of poetry. The recordings were … Continue reading

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How to Digitize an LP

Help us preserve and distribute ephemeral culture! Here at Internet Archive, this is the method we currently use for converting music on a phonograph record to electronic files ready for upload to our site. You can skip reading this if … Continue reading

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Milestone: 50,000 free live music concert

We have hit a major milestone: 50,000 individual shows by 2924 bands are now freely downloadable and streamable from http://www.archive.org/details/etree What a success for the commons! (from Tyler’s post: http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=195573 ) Project starts in aug/sept 2002 … 10,000 shows March … Continue reading

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