Recordings for “Off The Record” go on the record

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Joe Smith, former president of Capitol Records, will donate his collection of interviews with rock legends to the Library of Congress. Smith compiled more than 200 hours of interviews on tape for his book Off The Record, released in the late 1980s.

Among the recordings: An interview with Mickey Hart, who opened up about his father ripping off The Grateful Dead, and David Bowie, who talked about creating ad campaigns for raincoats. Other interviewees include Sir Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Bob Dylan. The recordings will be accessible in the library’s reading room; some will be streamed at the library’s website, which we’ve listed below.

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