"The monetary value of this loss is difficult to calculate. Aronson recalls hearing that the company priced the combined total of lost tape and “loss of artistry” at $150 million…The fire most likely claimed most of Chuck Berry’s Chess masters and multitrack masters…including most of the Chess output of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley, Etta James, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and Little Walter…Virtually all of Buddy Holly’s masters were lost in the fire.
The list of destroyed single and album masters takes in titles by dozens of legendary artists, a genre-spanning who’s who of 20th- and 21st-century popular music. It includes recordings by…Ray Charles…Fats Domino…Neil Diamond…Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffett, the Eagles, Don Henley, Aerosmith, Steely Dan, Iggy Pop…Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Police, Sting…R.E.M…Guns N’ Roses…Nine Inch Nails, Snoop Dogg, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Hole, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Tupac Shakur, Eminem, 50 Cent and the Roots."
- New York Times, The Day The Music Burned
This is fucking horrific