First it became the basis for an Oscar-nominated movie. Now, Straight Outta Compton — the groundbreaking album from rap group N.W.A. and a one-time flashpoint in the nation’s culture wars — has been selected for the prestigious U.S. National Recording Registry.
The album was one of 25 additions to the registry announced Wednesday by the Library of Congress, and it wasn’t the only one with a Los Angeles connection.
Baseball play-by-play from Vin Scully, who retired last year after calling Dodgers games for 67 years, will also join the national library’s trove of recordings, which are selected for their historical, artistic or cultural significance.
The library chose Scully’s call of the final meeting between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants at Manhattan’s Polo Grounds in 1957. Both teams would depart for California after that season.
“It’s a rather imposing call to realize that something that you have done would technically live forever in the Library of Congress,” Scully, 89, told The Associated Press from his home in Hidden Hills, Calif.
“It was a particularly meaningful game for me anyway, so to have it picked up and put for posterity is rather humbling and, at the same time, overwhelming.”
Plenty of standards are joining the registry too, including Judy Garland’s version of Over the Rainbow, the Eagles’ 1976 greatest-hits collection and Don McLean’s elliptical 1971 folk song American Pie.
N.W.A.’s influential release
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