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Re: Question for Archivists and Preservationists

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Francesco Martinelli <[log in to unmask]>

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Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

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Sun, 27 Dec 2020 12:27:12 +0100

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Is this list moderated, and if it is, is it such language allowed here?
fm

Il giorno dom 27 dic 2020 alle ore 11:19 Chris Brady <[log in to unmask]>
ha scritto:

> It has been rumoured that the vast BBC Archives might be 'pruned' due
> to the staff (younger staff) deeming much to be non-woke or non-PC or
> non-BLM (we have the fascist branch of BLM here in the UK).
>
> Certainly OTR enthusiasts in the UK are recovering and restoring and
> releasing productions from directors and writers such as David Croft
> and Jimmy Perry - writers of Dad's Army, but also It Ain't Half Hot
> Mum, and anything featuring the Alf Garnett character. Google these.
> These latter productions will never see the light of day again due to
> their anti-PC stance and implied racism (the norm in Brit. society for
> when they were written and aired in the 1970s.)
>
> Then there are the documentaries by Philip Donnellan which explored
> social issues in his time (again 1970s) such as the perceived
> exploitation of Irish immigrants in the building and construction
> trades. He was so sure that the Beeb would wipe or junk his films
> after airing that he always took the masters home with him. And so
> they did - few of his documentaries survive, but his classic The
> Irishmen (about the building of the Victoria tube line in London is
> now on YouTube.
>
> Then too there is the amazing output of Charles Chilton - who
> incidentally not only created and wrote for the Eagle comic Dan Dare
> (space explorer), but also the highly acclaimed (now) Space Force
> radio series. These latter episodes had all been junked by the Beeb,
> but luckily all were home-taped by enthusiasts and they are now a hot
> selling item on eBay.
>
> Chilton also wrote Riders of the Range - a radio series about Cowboys
> and Indians in the Wild West. This series went into the hundreds in
> the 50s and 60s. Not one episode remains - all were wiped. But the
> Annuals are frequently for sale on eBay. He wrote and produced many
> radio musical docudramas including How the West Was Won, and How the
> West Was Sung. Also he wrote similar docudramas for the history of the
> Texas Longhorn, and plight of the Indians (Native Americans was not a
> term used then). Most of his output is listed in his Wiki page. But
> most of his recordings are lost. They are too un-PC to be researched
> and saved. Luckily we have quite a few complete series, and many
> isolated episodes.
>
> Then there is Charles Parker and his Radio Ballads, in co-operation
> with Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger. These too were about serious
> social issues of the time such as Polio, HIV, Travellers (aka Romanys)
> but also covered such as workmen on the Railways, Ship Building, Coal
> Mining, Boxing, and numerous other subjects of little interest to
> todays woke generations. These programmes are rarely aired. But
> luckily they are in circulation. Their subject matter would be too
> woke for the snowflakes of today.
>
> Then there are A.L.Loyd's and Ewan MacColl's epic musical docudramas.
> These will never be aired again because 1/ they were wiped or 2/ they
> are mouldering in the dusty archives. But we have rescued The Song
> Carriers, and Songs of the People. These are in circulation.
>
> Such is Alan Lomax's Song / Ballad Hunter series for the Beeb with
> Charles Parker. Only one copy exists in the dusty archives in
> Birmingham. Again the songs that he discovered and recorded would be
> too un-PC for airing ever again. Copies are NOT in circulation.
>
> Then there is Michael Mason's epic series - usually of 26 episodes.
> His first series Plain Tales of the Raj are too un-PC to he aired
> again. Only 4 out of 8 episodes exist. Then there was More Plain Tales
> of the Raj - again few eps. survive. These will never be aired again.
> His later works The Long March of Everyman and The British Seafarer we
> have rescued from oblivion and are in circulation.
>
> You can read up about all of these talented folk via Google and Wiki.
> But ALL of the above would have been wiped by the wokes and snowflakes
> in the Beeb - aka a young generation of staff who don't give a damn
> about real heritage. Indeed it is the above and more that are rumoured
> to be consigned to the 'garbage bins of history' never to be heard
> again. A bit like Netflix continually rewriting British history and
> offending the Royal Family with fictitious and vicious plot-lines in
> The Crown et al. A series that indeed does deserve to be wiped; but
> never the programmes from the above named BBC producers (BTW all of
> whom have now passed).
>
> We have also heard that the British Library might also be consigning
> many of its holdings to the 'locked cupboard', esp. material
> mentioning the slave trade or yore. The National Trust is also going
> through the history of its big houses and palaces and castles to
> document any connections with the slave trade. It is assumed then that
> they will sell off many such buildings or gardens etc. to remove any
> properties from its portfolio that is slightly contentious. Such is
> the fear about the British Library and its multi-media holdings, but
> mainly books, with similar connections.
>
> I am not sure whether this answers Steve's original request. But there
> are many who are passionate about saving our real history from the
> destruction and re-creation promoted by woke and BLM and PC culture
> from mainly younger folk who know it all but now nothing. Many of us
> feel that our precious historical archives and artefacts are being
> plundered and destroyed by deliberate mis-interpretation of historical
> facts to promote weird and wild political points that we cannot relate
> too.
>
> CJB
>
> On 27/12/2020, Stephen M.H. Braitman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Hello, one and all:
> >
> > We almost made it through this mad year. Glad you’re all still around.
> >
> > I’d appreciate some feedback to this issue directed to those of you who
> > manage collections and archives and are tasked with preservation,
> > acquisition, and/or “refinement” :
> >
> > Is the importance of physical material in libraries and archives
> decreasing
> > due to the surge in usage of digital files?
> >
> > Do you see a future when physical artifacts are no longer collected,
> > archived, preserved, once they have been effectively digitized or
> otherwise
> > electronically manifested?
> >
> > And, finally, is this situation causing institutions to, at least, look
> more
> > seriously at their archives and collections for their pertinence and
> > relevance, thus causing a paring down or refocusing of their priorities?
> >
> > Sorry to be long-winded, but thanks for any thoughts you might have.
> >
> > Happy new year!
> >
> >
> > Stephen
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Stephen M.H. Braitman, ASA
> > Accredited Senior Appraiser of Music
> > Archives & Memorabilia
> > American Society of Appraisers
> >
> > www.MusicAppraisals.com
> >
> > 415-897-6999
> >
>


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inviato dal mio pulsatore a bassa cutena
Francesco Martinelli
Lungarno Mediceo 10
56127 P I S A I T A L Y
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