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August 7, 2006
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NPR MUSIC LAUNCHES NEW INTERACTIVE ONLINE-ONLY FEATURE, "SHADOW CLASSICS" WEDNESDAY AUGUST 9

NEW FEATURE GIVES OVERLOOKED AND FORGOTTEN RECORDINGS NEW LIFE


Washington, D.C.; August 7, 2006; With so many thousands of musical recordings released each year, many, including some of the great ones are overlooked and disappear before they're able to find an audience. A new online-only feature from NPR Music and All Things Considered music critic Tom Moon gives some of these recordings a second chance.

"Shadow Classics" launches this Wednesday August 9 at www.npr.org/music and will showcase a series of rock, pop, soul, jazz, or classical recording by both famous and unknown artists and considered by Moon to be the essential recordings of all time. A different recording will be featured each Wednesday with an online-only essay providing historical analysis and perspective. Readers will also have the opportunity to listen to tracks from the recordings in full and post feedback to debate the weekly selections. "Shadow Classics" will debut Wednesday with Moon's essay on Donny Hathaway's 1970 debut album "Everything is Everything."

Moon has been a music critic for NPR's afternoon newsmagazine All Things Considered since 1996. He studied music at the University of Miami and was a professional musician before he started writing about music in 1983. He wrote for the Miami Herald in 1985 and in 1988 moved to the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he served as a music critic until 2005. His work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, Blender, GQ, Esquire, Harp, Spin and Vibe, among others. Moon's forthcoming book, "1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die" will be published in 2007 by Workman Publishing.

The NPR Music brand extends through broadcast, satellite radio, original online content, merchandise and now the successful NPR Podcasts. A podcast version of NPR's online music program All Songs Considered is consistently ranked one of the most-downloaded offerings on such directories as iTunes and Yahoo. NPR's broadcast programming slate has the trend-setting contemporary music series World Cafe, as well as performance series showcasing jazz, classical, opera, symphony and Celtic. NPR Music's hit audio webcasts, launched in January 2005, have featured 46 live events and are archived on the website for on-demand listening.

NPR Music website: www.NPR.org/music