2008 Universal Studios fire destroyed up to 500,000 original master recordings, according to magazine report

(Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times)

(via Los Angeles Daily News Business) by City News Service

SANTA MONICA — The Universal Music Group is pushing back on a New York Times Magazine report that, contrary to official statements made more than a decade ago, a 2008 fire at Universal Studios Hollywood destroyed a staggering number of original master recordings stored there.

The devastation, which company executives downplayed or dismissed outright after the fire was extinguished 11 years ago this month, is breathtaking in scope, amounting to what the new report describes as “the biggest disaster in the history of the music industry.”

Read more: https://www.dailynews.com/2019/06/12/2008-universal-studios-fire-destroyed-up-to-500000-original-master-recordings-according-to-magazine-report/

(AP Photo/Ric Francis, file)

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On a Lighter Note…

Quora: Was Bob Dylan jealous of the mass appeal of the Beatles? (Part 2)

(via Quora) Written by Tony Sienzent

While I agree that Dylan was a restless artist following his own muse, there is no denying that he was totally captivated by The Beatles breakthrough hits in America, listening attentively to “I Want To Hold Your Hand” & “She Loves You (Yeah Yeah Yeah).”

Even though most of his purist folkie friends at Gerde’s Folk City club & The Gaslight & similar locations held their noses at this seemingly meaningless teenie-pop, with the exception of Roger McGuinn who went on to form the ‘American Beatles’ band The Byrds, Dylan privately said that The Beatles harmonies were outrageous & their chords made it all valid. He was very attentive & interested in the Beatlemania phenomena & resisted meeting them until Time Magazine gave him a cover, as they did The Beatles previously, so he would be accepted as an equal (and/or better)…

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Quora: Was Bob Dylan jealous of the mass appeal of the Beatles?

(via Quora) Written by Todd Lowry

Yes, Dylan was jealous of the Beatles.

Paul McCartney discovered Bob Dylan’s 1963 “Freewheelin’” album in 1964. All the Beatles had listened to it and it had inspired John and Paul to try writing deeper, more meaningful lyrics. John began by working on a new song called “I’m a Loser.”

In 1964, Dylan met the Beatles at the Delmonico Hotel in New York City. Within minutes of meeting each other, Dylan proceeded to get the Fab Four stoned for the first time on pot.

Dylan’s lyrics had inspired Lennon and McCartney to begin writing “deeper” songs such as “Norwegian Wood” and “Eleanor Rigby.”

Read more: https://www.quora.com/Was-Bob-Dylan-jealous-of-the-mass-appeal-of-the-Beatles

After 20 years, the Rolling Stones have Given up the Rights to Bittersweet Symphony

(via CNN) by Amy Woodyatt and Julia Hollingsworth

t’s one of the biggest indie rock songs of all time — and for 20 years British band The Verve didn’t make a cent off “Bitter Sweet Symphony.”

But lead singer Richard Ashcroft will finally get royalties for the track after a long-running copyright dispute with the Rolling Stones.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/the-verves-richard-ashcroft-finally-secures-bitter-sweet-symphony-royalties/ar-AABQILI

Songs You May Have Missed #638

Blind Pilot: “Packed Powder” (2016)

Subdued, melancholic, and beautiful. From an album inspired by songwriter Israel Nebeker losing his father and ending a long-term relationship.

If there must be pain and loss in the world, at least it can sometimes beget transcendent work like this.

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2013/02/16/songs-you-may-have-missed-334/

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2013/01/12/songs-you-may-have-missed-291/

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