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In 2008, fire was swept through the backyard of the Hollywood Universal Studios. The loss was considered a movie set and a duplicate film. But earlier this week, The New York Times She published a report that reveals that thousands of thousands of masters recorded fire in the legendary, legendary music from the late 1940s to the early '80s'; Early 80s as well as digital formats from the late 80s.
According to the report, the fire recorded original recordings of artists such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, REM, Janet Jackson, Eric B. and Rakim, New Edition, Bobby Brown, Guns N 'Roses, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Sonic Youth, No Doubt, Nine Inch Nails, Snoop Dogg, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Hole, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Tupac Shakur, Eminem, 50 Cent , The Roots and more.
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Reporter Jody Rosen is investigating the loss The New York Times and in his report, this fire calls "the greatest disaster in the history of the music business." When Rosen damages the harm of the fire, he notes that it was not original music.
"There were many, many things called flat masters – that is the master tape of an album that was sent out commercially," explains Rosen. "There were also a number of session tapes of various types – unwanted material, emissions, maybe even a studio chat from various recording sessions. There were demos in the dome and there were various types of master recordings."
In his report, Rosen's master-recording appears to be at the original painting and says that more than the monetary value, the damage to the cultural heritage we shared as the major tragedy in the case. For example, Rosen says that Chicago Chess Records, the town of great men like Chuck Berry, has lost all his master recordings.
"Now that we don't have the master, you know," Rosen said about Berry's lost tapes, "later versions will sound as we won't be able to go back to the real masters."
The Universal Music Group issued an official response to the report, writing, in part:
Preservation of music is our highest priority and we are proud of our record. While there are restrictions that prevent us from publicly addressing some of the details of the fire that occurred at the NBCUniversal Studios facility more than ten years ago, the incident – albeit very regrettable – did not affect the availability of the fire. commercial music was not released nor did it affect the compensation of artists.
Rosen feels that this great loss of this fire was probably conceived by UMG for 11 years out of shame.
" It's not something you wanted to put on, “said Rosen. "I think they were particularly concerned about the artists' reaction. I think many artists would feel that they were attracted to the idea that they did not take proper care of this topic. Universal Music Group, which is the world's largest record company with more than 50% market share today, but still does not want to see some famous musicians blind and talk about it in the newspapers.
To date, musicians such as Questlove of The Roots and Krist Novoselic from Nirvana have already responded to the report. Questlove share the article on Twitter with the predecessor: "For everyone asking why Do you want more & Illdelph Halflife I will not get a reorganized treatment "and Novoselic told fans that he thinks the masters Do not bother with it "Is gone forever." Officer R.E.M. Twitter account "We want to get good information to find out what happened and the impact on band music, if any.
When he was researching his article, Rosen said down a rabbit hole of music discovery, he says. It would include music from little known artists, subsections and labels lost in the fire. "That's the stuff I'm really crying because those things are absolutely in danger," he says.