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Re: [ARSCLIST] Folkways Reissues
Roger, I don't understand what you're talking about. I was referring to the LOC's own in-house
recorded poetry readings, interviews and lectures. This stuff was all issued on LP by the LOC, circa
60's and 70's mostly. That's all I'm talking about -- stuff they made and they should own the
copyright to (if they don't, I questioned the wisdom of taxpayer money being spent to make the
recordings or the LPs). Commercial stuff is covered by copyrights owned by whomever the current
owner is. In the case of Caedmon, it's HarperCollins. In the case of Spoken Arts, I believe it's
Yale University, and I believe Yale is making that material available for a reasonable price along
the lines of the Smithsonian.
Just to be clear, I don't have any problems with how Smithsonian did Folkways and Cook. What I was
wanting is for the LOC to unlock and make available all of the audio it recorded and released in the
LP era. Pricing similar to Folkways and Cook would be just fine. What I was strongly objecting to is
that this material is unavailable, not that it might need to be sold at a nominal market cost.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Roger and Allison Kulp" <thorenstd124@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2007 5:47 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Folkways Reissues
It depends on what you mean.There is quite a bit of Caedmon,and Spoken Arts stuff out there.But I
must admit most of this stuff is on the same level of private- issued psychedelic,punk,and
garage,except fewer people are interested in it. Spoken word is not exactly a hot collector's
genre,so you're not going to see lovingly produced import CD reissues on the stuff,like you would
for The Flat Earth Society,or private issue 70s funk 45s.
I don't know how many private pressing,or small press run records of readings,or speeches The LOC
still has.Has anyone done a good inventory/cataolguing of all their holdings?They may have dumped
them,either in the landfill,or at a government auction,back in The Reagan Administration.
If anybody were truly interested in preserving these records,and getting them out where anybody
can hear them,whenever they want,I would suggest you spend the next few years,gathering the
records together,making the best digitizations you can,and then putting them all up on a well
organized ".org" website.
Because the LOC,and nobody else is going to do it.
Tom Fine <tflists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: The part about the LOC is so true! At taxpayer
expense, hundreds if not thousands of hours of poetry
and lectures were recorded and issued on LPs (hence there are probably master tapes if not
proof-laquers somewhere). This stuff is moldering somewhere, not available online and I was told
LOC staff there are no plans to ever make it available. So if you don't have a scratchy LP bought
some library cast-off sale, you are SOL. This stuff the LOC produced belongs to US, it was paid
by US, it should be available to US, forever (for a reasonable
production/media/duping/packaging/shipping fee, of course).
-- Tom Fine
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