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Re: [ARSCLIST] copyright and archives query
first, wow. thank you so much to everyone who has emailed me or
chimed in on this list. i really, really appreciate your help and
and steven, that's a horror story if i ever heard one. i have
utilized plenty of city, state, and federal government archives,
newspaper archives, and public and private libraries, but this is my
first venture into seeking corporate archives. i guess i've been
pretty lucky up to this point. using ledgers as insulation? that's
the sort of thing that breaks my heart. I would love to get a look
at those ledgers at Sony/BMG, assuming they still exist, and more
importantly, I would love to find the name of someone there to
contact in order to at least attempt to secure permission to release
these recordings to the general public.
Well, I'm going to give this a shot, even if my optimism is naive.
Would anyone provide me with John Bolig and/or Vince Giordano's email
addresses? even if Vince has left, he may be able to help me to
locate someone at the company who will speak to me. I visited the
Sony/BMG website and it is of absolutely no help, but of course that
was my initial fear with undertaking this whole endeavor.
Again, thank you so much for all of your help so far!
On Mar 25, 2007, at 12:23 AM, Steven C. Barr(x) wrote:
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Lennick" <dlennick@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Woe is us..Vince left the archives over a year ago. Since then
I've had to
on outsiders who had access to the files in the past and kept
copies for any
discographical information I need. That's for BMG..for Sony
1934, Brunswick post 1931 et al), if it isn't jazz, fuggedaboudit.
Luckily, Decca's information has been published in books by Michel
is reasonably complete (classical is a major black hole
About 20 or so years ago, I recall visiting the RCA "archives" (which
had to be arranged with a phone call)...and realizing that what I was
looking at/consulting were the actual original pages of Victor's
recording ledgers (akin to a theology student being given the
papyri used to create the "Ded Sea Scrolls!"). Newer records
(documents, NOT phonorecords!) were kept on microfiche (or film).
However, in several cases, original ledgers were found on their
way to the trash...or in at least one case, had apparently been
used as inexpensive insulation, and were found when the wall was
demolished! Remember, it is only us 78-o-philes that attach any
importance to files/documents that provide data on phonorecords
made well before any currently-existing humans were around...!
Steven C. Barr
John W. Troutman
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for the Americas
255 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459