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Universal Confirms Nirvana, Soundgarden, R.E.M. Masters Damaged or Destroyed In 2008 Fire

7 days ago   |   By Consequence of Sound

A massive fire burned down a Universal Music Group warehouse in Florida back in 2008, but reports about what was inside - 500,000 high-quality master recordings , many of which were for iconic records - didn't surface until last year. Now, Universal has acknowledged that master recordings to albums by Nirvana , Soundgarden , Slayer , R.E.M. , Elton John were either damaged or destroyed in the fire.
The reason this is news 12 years later is because Universal never told the artists impacted by the fire in the first place, even those who were the legal owners of those masters. Instead, it was...
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Universal Confirms That Nirvana, Beck, Soundgarden, Slayer, More Masters Were Damaged Or Destroyed In 2008 Fire

Universal Confirms That Nirvana, Beck, Soundgarden, Slayer, More Masters Were Damaged Or Destroyed In 2008 Fire

7 days ago   |   By Stereogum

Last year, in a massive feature , the New York Times reported on a massive musical-history loss that had been kept largely secret. In 2008, a massive fire at the Universal Studios Florida lot raged through and devastated a warehouse where Universal Music Group had been keeping decades' worth of master recordings. Many thousands... More »
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