Priceless Music BURNED 🔥

Priceless Music BURNED 🔥

August 27, 2019 100 By Kailee Schamberger


On the morning of June 1st, 2008 a
massive fire ripped through Universal Studios, and destroyed building 6197. Today we’re going to talk about what was INSIDE that building. Hey friends, welcome back to Vinyl Eyezz! I am Jarrett New, and today we’re gonna be talking about the devastating 2008
Universal Music Group fire, that a lot of y’all brought to my attention online, and
I felt I should make this video to let everyone know exactly what happened. And
we’re also gonna talk about what this fire means for the music industry, and
most importantly how this whole event is gonna affect us as record collectors and
people just love music. So before we dive into all of that – Today’s Song of the Day
is “C Moon” by Paul McCartney and Wings. And if you have suggestion for a Song of
the Day, post in the comments down below and you might see it in a future video!
Alright now getting back to the fire, you might be wondering if all this happened
way back in 2008, why am I suddenly talking about it now? Well, the New York
Times posted an article last month titled “The Day the Music Burned” which
kind of blew the lid off this whole thing. And basically what it revealed was
that right after this major event, Universal Music Group, the world’s
largest record company, downplayed the significance of this fire, and didn’t
really go into detail about what was destroyed – But hang on a second, I am
getting way ahead of myself. Let’s talk about what actually happened. So, during
the morning of June 1st 2008, maintenance workers were repairing the roof of one
of the sets on the Universal lot. They had been using blowtorches to heat the
shingles on that roof, and after they finished the job, and left for the night…
one of those shingles caught fire. And the resulting BLAZE that followed,
consumed many buildings on the Universal lot. So, if we look at this map right here,
the fire started around THIS SPOT, spread to all these other areas, and finally
ended up at building 6197. Now, inside this massive 22,000 square
foot warehouse, sat the largest collection of the most important audio
masters, in the history of recorded music. These masters, which are the original
recordings from artists such as- Louis Armstrong, Aerosmith, Audioslave, Chet
Baker, Chuck Berry, Dave Brubeck, The Carpenters, Mama Cass, Ray Charles,
Cher, Eric Clapton, John Coltrane, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Neil Diamond,
Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Peter Frampton, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Guns N’ Roses, Billie Holiday, Buddy Holly, John Lee Hooker, Iron Butterfly, Etta
James, Elton John, B.B. King, The mamas and the Papas, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, No Doubt,
The Police, Cat Stevens, Howlin’ Wolf, Neil Young, Weezer, Rob Zombie, and MANY MORE,
that I don’t have time to mention, were sitting on shelves, in that building…when
it burned to the ground. Now, according to THIS article from Billboard posted the
very next day after the fire, an anonymous spokesperson from UMG, speaking
about the masters, said quote “we had no loss” but we now know that, that was a lie.
And the fact of the matter was that 500,000 songs were destroyed in
that fire. Now, although Universal Music Group has
copies of several of those recordings, the original masters had the best sound
quality. And because of their historical significance, were both priceless and
irreplaceable. So long story short, THIS REALLY SUCKS. I mean if you just think
about all of the music we lost from labels like Decca,
Chess, Impulse, MCA, ABC, A&M, Geffen, Interscope, and all of the rest that UMG
own the rights to, and were burned up in that building…it makes you sad, it makes
you angry, and it also makes you a little confused as to why they didn’t store
these masters in like some underground salt mine or something like that? You
know what I mean? Like, some place that was impervious to
disasters like this. And someplace that was completely protected. Also, now that
this information has come to light, I really hope that the other 2 Major
labels, Warner Music Group, and Sony seriously rethink the way that they
store their masters, so something like this will never happen to them! Now, what
does this mean for us as record collectors and people who love music?
Well, basically it means that there were entire decades worth of music on those
shelves which were completely wiped away. And now we’ll never get to hear them. So
for example, the master recording of Etta James’ classic song “At Last” was destroyed
in this fire. So our only hope now is that UMG made copies of a lot of this
music, and stored them somewhere else. They wouldn’t be the best sound quality…but I
guess it’s better than nothing. Now, sorry this video is kind of a DOWNER, but since
this event is going to affect the records we hear, and don’t hear in the
future, I felt it was pretty important to talk about. Also, if you want to read the
entire article for yourself, I’ll drop the link in the video description down
below. Now, what do YOU think about this whole disaster? Share your grief with me
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