Pink Floyd's legendary album Dark Side of the Moon, and Sounds of Silence, the Simon & Garfunkel folk classic, have been added to the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.
Each year the government agency selects 25 recordings that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and "reflect the diversity and creativity of the American experience," to add to its collection.
According to Rolling Stone magazine, Simon wrote the title track of the album in response to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It disappointed as a single in 1964, but a reworked version took off the following year.
"When you look at the little mesh, wire microphone . . . and you address people on the other side of the mic, you hope that your performance will be special, and you hope that it will have lasting power," mused Garfunkel on the induction of the duo's signature hit.
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