This would make a very nice birthday present
August 1, 2002 5:38 PM   Subscribe

This would make a very nice birthday present - If anyone wants to buy me the Woodstock Master Tapes, I promise I will burn copies for you and all your friends...
posted by elvissinatra (13 comments total)
now that's a quality buy... too bad you can't make copies...
posted by mhaw at 5:51 PM on August 1, 2002

nah don't burn master copies, just burn 'em.


kidding! kidding!
posted by Hackworth at 7:19 PM on August 1, 2002

someone should introduce the seller to the idea of charity.
over 3 day i would think that they would've been able to get more then just these performances alone.
posted by the aloha at 7:39 PM on August 1, 2002

Shouldn't these tapes be in a museum or something?
posted by folktrash at 8:08 PM on August 1, 2002

The potential purchaser does not receive the right of publication, duplication, synchronization, reproduction, distribution, or marketing rights.

Shoot, can you listen to them?

Yeah, I suppose they should be in a museum. However, knowing that tape is, by its nature, degradable, they should be transferred at least once to digital. That way, they (more likely) would be listenable in the far future.
posted by yhbc at 8:39 PM on August 1, 2002

Looking at the majority of the track list, it's probably a good thing that they'll soon be unlistenable.
posted by xmutex at 9:32 PM on August 1, 2002

yhbc - yes indeedy, get those suckers digital baby!
posted by folktrash at 12:14 AM on August 2, 2002

It's kind of sad to think that Capitol Records, which will "Authenticate" the recordings (which means that they released it and profited from it, right?) won't just buy them outright.

Or maybe we're just far enough away from the event for Capitol's ownership contract to go unrenewed and the law's statutes to have disintegrated and now we're presented with what surely must be a valuable property.

Oh, I'm sure you can listen to them, you just need the right players (2-inch reel machines, quarter-inch machines...) just don't play them too often for yourself and your friends. Each play brings them closer to their death.
posted by Busithoth at 1:21 AM on August 2, 2002

Why do I get the feeling that some huckster's going to make cassette copies of their Misfits: "Live at Al's Bar", The Damned: "The Captain's Birthday Party", and "Dead Kennedys: "A Skateboard Party" LPs and attempt to sell them off as original punk master tapes?

Oh yeah, that's's already been done.
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:36 AM on August 2, 2002

Shouldn't these tapes be in a museum or something?Shouldn't these tapes be in the garbage or something? Woodstock was notable for offering up possible the worst performances of virtually every participant's career. Do you really want to hear the whole of Richie Havens' set? Isn't it torture enough to sit Havens' one song in the movie, a song that seems to go on forever, until it's like one of those nightmares where you're trying to run and you can't get away? Okay, I'll grant you, Hendrix's "Star-Spangled Banner" is a classic. But you're talking about two minutes of music in the midst of days of awfulness. Woodstock caught every artist from Sly and the Family Stone to the Who to the Jefferson Airplane at the very beginning of their precipitous declines into seventies wretchedness. And aside from the creative declines they were all going into, there was the fact that they were all freaked out by the horridness of Woodstock, the height of the stage, and the badness of the sound. They were all scared and desperate to get out of there. Aside from the Hendrix national anthem, the only other people seeming to have a bit of energy, Arthur Lee, for instance, with his interminable "I'm Going Home", only sounds good in the context of the general exhaustion. Let's put this Woodstock myth to an end. There's far, far, far, better recordings, live and otherwise, of all of these people available elsewhere. Don't disgrace their memories by bringing up Woodstock. As Chip Monk said: "Bummer... bummer..."
posted by Faze at 7:02 AM on August 2, 2002

Nice troll, Faze. I know you're serious. But still...
posted by glenwood at 7:59 AM on August 2, 2002

It's not a quality music post until Faze trolls it (which means that my Harry Partch post must've sucked).
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 8:01 AM on August 2, 2002

Let's not forget Sha Na Na --->the lost bootlegs<---
posted by mecran01 at 10:18 AM on August 2, 2002

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