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The fire of Universal Studios in 2008, the biggest disaster in the history of music

In the 2008 Universal Studios fire, priceless recordings were lost: Buddy Holly, Elton John or Louis Amstrong among an endless list of talents, according to a New York Times investigation


The singer, composer and British pianist Elton John.
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It was a blazing fire. The images of the smoke coming out of the hangars ofthe Universal studiosin Los Angeles, they covered covers and television spots in many countries, more for the spectacular of the event than for the baggage of what was lost in the flames, the attraction of King Kong and copies of old works on video. In fact, it was filed asa capital crisis that could have been and was not. But in reality, the truth was concealed because there were musical jewels burned there, as it has been known now, 11 years later.

In his research, the newspaperNew York Timessaid the fire of June 1, 2008 "the biggest disaster in the history of the music industry",the day when unique recordings of talents were lostlike Louis Armstrong, Elton John, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, John Coltrane or Nirvana. In total, more than half a million songs, including Chuck Berry's unique songs, plus the masters of some of the first appearances of Aretha Franklin recorded, according to the New York newspaper.

The use of torches to repair the roof of one of the buildings on the campus sparked the fire just before 5 in the morning. Eventually the flames arrived at the 6197 ship where videos and masters of thousands of musical pieces, unique recordings and the source for vinyl records, CDs and other formats were stored.

"A master's degree is the most faithful capture of a piece of recorded music," Adam Block, the former president of Legacy Recordings, told the newspaper. "In terms of sound, the Masters can be impressive in their way to capture an event in time."

The list of what is consumed by fire is so extensive that decades of music and history: Eric Clapton, Sonny and Cher, Aerosmith, Eminem, 50 Cent, Cat Stevens, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Janet Jackson, Guns N 'Roses, Sheryl Crow, Tupac Shakur, Eagles, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mary J. Blige, Neil Diamond. Of all of them and others irrecoverable moments of music were lost. Also an original recording ofAt Last, Etta James or theRock Around the Clockby Bill Haley & His Comets. Or almost all of Buddy Holly's masters. Tragic.

A confidential report prepared by Universal Music Group one year after the incident that until now had been kept secret, tells of all this. The main reason described by the journalist of the Times, Jody Rosen, is none other than the efforts of the executives to avoid public derision, in addition to the fear of the reaction of the artists and the patrimonies of the deceased.The lawsuits are now likely to start raining.

They were aware at that time of the magnitude of what happened, as reflected in Universal's report. "A huge musical heritage has been lost in the fire".

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