I have been thinking a lot about this e-mail chain. I feel like someone
within ARSC should write a follow up story about the history of master
destruction. Why ARSC? Because we are centered around preservation and this
story really does hit at our core of existence. This e-mail chain, for
anyone interested in Jody Rosen's recent story...and the follow-up
Universal law suits...is so damn interesting and very much unknown.
Just an idea.
On Tue, Jun 11, 2019 at 9:56 PM Jeff Willens <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Was this the Phoenix Project the article mentioned? I headed one of the
> NYC teams that did some of the transfers back in 2010. As soon as the
> insurance money ran out, the plug was pulled on the entire operation, which
> is why so little of the holdings were transferred. They just were not going
> to spend their money.
> Unfortunately, I knew all about this back when it happened. It was as bad
> as the article says it was, if not worse. I have tried really hard over the
> years not to think about it too much because it will truly depress those of
> us who care about these things.
> Also, to correct something on another post, UMG is not owned by
> NBCUniversal, but by VivendiUniversal. UMG was spun off into a separate
> company in 2004 when Vivendi sold Universal Studios to GE. UMG was not part
> of the deal.
> On Tue, 11 Jun 2019 18:24:49 +0100, Mint Records <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > After the fire they did a worldwide search for copy masters, which whilst
> >2nd gen, we better than nothing. I was asked if i could join the team
> >(based in Slough, UK) digitizing everything they found. Unfortunately I
> >wasn't available at the time. So they will have been able to get copies of
> >a percentage of material lost, but who knows how much and certainly none
> >the unissued stuff.
> >On Tue, 11 Jun 2019 at 17:54, Gerald seligman <[log in to unmask]>
> >> There is one correction to be made in my first quote. What I tried to
> >> convey was that low figure to represent the percentage of audio
> >> overall that were digitized. More of commercial music was/is digitized.
> >> writer had me saying that the percentage applied to commercial music,
> >> it does not. I don’t have information on that.
> >> Gerald Seligman
> >> Cellphone: 347-504-5311
> >> > On Jun 11, 2019, at 9:59 AM, Jones, Randye <[log in to unmask]>
> >> wrote:
> >> >
> >> > Amazing article about lose of musical heritage
> >> >
> >> > The Day the Music Burned
> >> >