On 17/05/07, Karl Miller wrote:
> Don Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote: On 17/05/07, Karl Miller wrote:
>> "Steven C. Barr(x)" wrote: ----- Original
>> Message ----- From: "Karl Miller"
>>> In short, I wonder, who really does
>> place value on our recorded history.
>> ***For the most part, it would seem to be the individuals who collect
>> the old recordings!
>> Are you suggesting that there is little societal worth to our
>> recorded history? Then why should we bother?
> Society is made up of individuals.
> So, are we left with the needs of one becoming the needs of the many?
A thing is worth doing if a few individuals seriously want it doing. If
they are very few, they may have to do the job themselves.
Very often only a few historians are really interested in a particular
aspect of history. It is still worth studying, for them. Civilisation is
made up of millions of different specialised interests.
Now, when it comes to EMI's archives, I think there are far more than a
few individuals interested in almost anything that is in them. For
instance, there are enough people wanting to hear Yves Nat's recordings
to make it worth while for EMI (France) to make fresh transfers and
issue a box set.
The sales would be a tiny fraction of those of Sinatra or the Beatles
(neither of whose recordings have been remastered recently). But it is
still hundreds or a few thousand music lovers.
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