Yes, a very important observation. Thank you. But may I challenge one aspect?
It is not 'we.' It is those who control the money and the priorities who are to blame. In this matter, as in so much of the pathology that infects our world, it is clear who is responsible, yet letting our critiques dissolve into vague existential clouds of generalized cultural malaise only serves to let them off the hook. It is systemic, but also personal. We know who they are. Politesse undermines justice.
I'm happy that ARSC will formulate a statement about the UMG tragedy. I hope it doesn't pull its punches. And I hope that it places this matter in the context of the long history of neglect the industry has perpetrated.
>From: Railroads On Parade <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Jun 26, 2019 11:00 AM
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>Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] New UMG fire follow up
>Notre Dame burned under similar circumstances. Would history have been
>changed if UMG not been negligent? There is a systemic relation to many
>facets these days of what we care about, then how we care and then often
>choose it is not worth the care finding a convenient way to move on.
>On Wed, 26 Jun 2019 at 10:42, Dennis Rooney <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> As I read the posts on this catastrophe, I note the absence of the names of
>> Decca's classical artists — admittedly, not many — whose masters were
>> surely destroyed. Jascha Heifetz, Andrés Segovia, Rudolf Ganz, Percy
>> Grainger, Robert Goldsand et al. all recorded for Decca in the forties,
>> which were mastered on 16.5-in. lacquers cut vertically. Like Columbia,
>> approved takes from the lacquers were dubbed to produce the released 78rpm
>> shellac discs. Heifetz's preserved some extraordinary performances of
>> encore pieces in which virtuosity was explored to the utmost. Due to the
>> dates, those lacquers were all glass-based, and were either broken in
>> transit or burned up in the vault fire. A similar fate befell the others.
>> It is perhaps a small part of what was destroyed, to be sure, but as
>> grievous a loss our cultural patrimony as anything else.
>> On Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 1:44 AM Jeff Willens <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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