Hi David,

Dumb question: Did you mention Neubauten in the subject line to be cute
or because we know that they have/had unique Neubauten recordings?


On Mar 3, 2009, at 11:23 AM, Dave Lewis wrote:

> eu_germany_building_collapse
> The sub-standard building practices of the 1970s are coming back to  
> haunt us, and unfortunately a fair number of such structures are  
> used to house archival materials, as this one was.
> While I'm not Bill Schurk, and apologize for sticking my neck out  
> in speaking out about what is not my problem, a few years ago the  
> Center for Popular Music at BGSU was moved out of its 1970s poured  
> concrete building -- where the materials were organized and well  
> cared for -- and placed in deep storage elsewhere on campus. Last I  
> heard it was inaccessible. There is another poured concrete  
> structure at the University of Cincinnati -- thankfully one that  
> does not hold an archive -- that will need to be torn down at some  
> point, as it is both sinking and tipping over.
> Of course, none of us in the 1970s knew that the poured concrete  
> fad would primarily result in buildings that would turn out to be  
> non-functional in the long term. As this story unfolds, the effect  
> on archives of all kinds -- including sound recordings -- will be  
> better known. If your archive is in a 1970s university building,  
> you might need to develop a good "Plan B" in order to avoid the  
> fate of the Center for Popular Music. And if that facility has  
> reopened, I sure would like to know about it.
> Uncle Dave Lewis
> Ann Arbor, MI

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