U2, Linda Ronstadt among 25 albums to be preserved

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WASHINGTON (AP) - U2's "The Joshua Tree," Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like a Wheel" and an influential Christian rock album are among 25 recordings chosen for preservation at the Library of Congress.

The selections announced Wednesday include seminal sounds of the 20th century, chosen for their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance. Highlights include Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" and the Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown."

The library received many public nominations for U2's 1987 album. Its inclusion coincides with the addition of Larry Norman's Christian album "Only Visiting this Planet." Curators say U2's sound has influenced and been combined with Christian rock in some churches.

For the first time, extensive White House recordings also were selected from the era of President Lyndon Johnson.

The recordings are slated for long-term preservation at the National Recording Registry.

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