Everyone - ARC tries to save every popular music recording, regardless of quality. Our collection is well organized and half of our 2 million recordings are catalogued. No one can judge quality or importance in their own time - some are just really good guessers. Why would anyone in their right mind save five Bert Sommer LPs? But that's what Ang Lee wanted to hear for his Taking Woodstock film. Sad to say, we had them all. A story we tell to illustrate our Molly "yes, Yes, YES" Bloom approach - Emanuel Boundzeki Dongala wrote a wonderfal short story called "Jazz and Palm Wine". In it, the earth is invaded from Outer Space and the advance ships land in Zaire. Aliens conquer the world. Spacemen explore the various cultures and societies on this planet and decide, quite rightly, that the only things of value are palm wine, a West African intoxicant, and Jazz. The tipsy, hip and benign rulers make Sun Ra the president of the United States and John Coltrane the Pope. "A Love Supreme" replaces the "Gloria" in the liturgy. We view the past through the artifacts that survive, and future societies (spacemen?) will reshape the past, creating their own version of our culture(s). So the ARChive collects and preserves everything that’s issued, hoping to define ‘what happened’ in terms broader than those usually described by selectiveness or availability. Taste, quality, marketing, Halls of Fame, sales, stars and value are as alien to us as they are, well, to Aliens. The ARChive's job is to make sure "A Love Supreme" will be there when it’s needed.