The Day the Music Burned - The New York Times


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The Day the Music Burned
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Chuck Berry, 1958. Skip to contentSkip to site index Feature It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business — and almost nobody knew. This is…
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The fire that swept across the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood on Sunday, June 1, 2008, began early that morning, in New England. At 4:43 a.m.
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It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business — and almost nobody knew. This is the story of the 2008 Universal fire.
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Chuck Berry, 1958. Skip to contentSkip to site index Feature It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business — and almost nobody knew. This is…
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RT : This is a cultural tragedy beyond the scope of understanding
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It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business — and almost nobody knew. This is the story of the 2008 Universal fire.
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These epiphanies would not have been possible without masters. “Working without the master tapes,” Martin says, “would be like a chef having to use precooked food.”
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The Day the Music Burned
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Chuck Berry, 1958. Skip to contentSkip to site index Feature It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business — and almost nobody knew. This is…
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"...decades of Universal Music Group treasures burned in 2008" *st…
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This is a cultural tragedy beyond the scope of understanding
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The heat was extraordinary. There were at least a dozen fire engines ringing the vault, and as Aronson looked around he noticed one truck whose parking lights seemed to be melting.

The vault lay near Park Lake, a man-made body of water that appeared in the classic B-movie “Creature From the Black Lagoon.”
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"It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business — and almost nobody knew. This is the story of the 2008 Universal fire."

The archive in Building 6197 was UMG’s main West Coast storehouse of masters, the original recordings from which all subsequent copies are derived. A master is a one-of-a-kind artifact, the irreplaceable primary source of a piece of recorded music. According to UMG documents, the vault held analog tape masters dating back as far as the late 1940s, as well as digital masters of more recent vintage. It held multitrack recordings, the raw recorded materials — each part still isolated, the drums and keyboards and strings on separate but adjacent areas of tape — from which mixed or “flat” analog masters are usually assembled. And it held session masters, recordings that were never commercially released.
UMG maintained additional tape libraries across the United States and around the world. But the label’s Vault Operations department was managed from the backlot, and the archive there housed some of UMG’s most prized material. There were recordings from dozens of record companies that had been absorbed by Universal over the years, including several of the most important labels of all time. The vault housed tape masters for Decca, the pop, jazz and classical powerhouse; it housed master tapes for the storied blues label Chess; it housed masters for Impulse, the groundbreaking jazz label. The vault held masters for the MCA, ABC, A&M, Geffen and Interscope labels. And it held masters for a host of smaller subsidiary labels. Nearly all of these masters — in some cases, the complete discographies of entire record labels — were wiped out in the fire.
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A devastating article about archival devastation by . Read it and weep:
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It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business — and almost nobody knew. This is the story of the 2008 Universal fire.
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The day the music burned
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This is a cultural tragedy beyond the scope of understanding
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