Can you imagine that a large percentage of our recorded history – music, historical speeches, radio broadcasts and field recordings – may soon be lost forever due to the lack of preservation opportunities?
According to the report, the whereabouts of a wire recording made by the crew members of the Enola Gay from inside the plane as the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima are unknown. Many key recordings made by George Gershwin no longer survive. Recordings by Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and other top recording artists have been lost.
Another factor contributing to the demise of these valuable recordings are the US Copyright laws. This fascinating article walks you through the dilemma and what can be done to save this piece of our history.