Finally, the recognition the Rolling Stones deserve. With the addition of “Satisfaction,” to the Library of Congress, the Stones, one of the least hyped and most under-appreciated bands in the history of rock and roll are finally getting credit where credit is due.
More seriously, though, the lingering question that this article left in my mind was why are there just 225 sound clips in the entire library? Sure it opened relatively recently in 2000, but at that pace just 32 songs and sounds are making the cut each year, an acceptance rate so tough it would make Cal Tech look like Wazzu.
I can understand that, like a prestigious university, the fewer songs the Library admits, the more significant it is when someone makes it-- this is the same strategy employed by the notoriously rigorous Major League Baseball Hall of Fam-- but the Library of Congress, in my mind, is meant more as a museum or, perhaps maybe even a library, where anything remotely significant should be added and preserved. After all, isn’t that the same strategy the Library employs with actual books.
My point is why add just “Satisfaction?” Why not the entire Out of Our Heads album, or even the entire Stones catalog? There are millions of culturally relevant recordings out there, some of them incredibly rare (props to the Library for adding some superb rarities like Jelly Roll Morton’s “Black Bottom Stomp”), and it seems like a huge waste of time and space to select one song that has several hundred million copies floating around as worthy.