From 1976-1977, I was a local. I ran record stores then (Seattle,
Tukwilla, Tacoma...), and I might have been at some of those shows.

Are these quarter-inch, half-inch or what? Were they recorded off the
mixing console or with a mike out in the hall? Any idea what they were
intended for? Are there any other recordings in the collection, like
local radio programs.

Yeah, recordings like these are wonderful for scholars, but all too much
trouble for commercial ventures, unless they are driven by the artists
(who probably have access to same recordings from another source).

If you have no better offers and you get desperate for space, I'd be
happy to hide them away in my private archive until someone wants to
access them for research. Nothing fancy; just stable and secure.

Just had to make the offer.

Steven Austin

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Subject: [ARSCLIST] What to do with 70s Rock Tapes?

I have an odd problem. About 60 concert and radio broadcast tapes of
rock bands and local Seattle acts, all recorded in the mid-1970s, have
into my possession. Based on some web research, it appears that these
recordings do not exist as bootlegs. It is quite possible that these are
the only extant copies of these recordings.

A few of the performers on the tapes include Fleetwood Mac, The Pointer
Sisters, Frank Zappa, Deep Purple, Rush and Robin Trower. There are many
other equally important bands and performers.

This stuff is out of my own area of expertise, but I know enough to
recognize that this is probably an important collection. So I'm looking
a place to either donate or sell the tapes to somebody in a position to
deal with them without diluting the musicians' intellectual property.
I have the tapes, I don't believe I have any claim on the rights to the
performances they document, so I don't want to make them available
the bootleg channel.

I have offered to donate these tapes to the Experience Music Project
here in Seattle, but they are not able to accept them. So I'm looking
other options.

Can anybody suggest any other museums, libraries or private collectors
might be interested in this material?

John Ross
Sound Archivist
Northwest Folklife