Yesterday, a New York Times feature revealed that thousands upon thousands of master tapes from artists like Louis Armstrong, Janet Jackson, and Tupac wereYesterday, a New York Times feature revealed that thousands upon thousands of master tapes from artists like Louis Armstrong, Janet Jackson, and Tupac were destroyed in a 2008 fire at Universal Studios Hollywood. Although the fire itself was public knowledge, the loss of Universal Music Group's recordings was kept secret, with even the artists affected unaware of the extent of the damage. But now, in the wake of the article, they're speaking out. When asked by a fan, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic said that some of Nirvana's music is probably just gone forever: I think they are gone forever.— Krist Novoselić (@KristNovoselic) June 12, 2019 The Roots' tapes were also destroyed in the fire, and Questlove has commented: For everyone asking why Do You Want More & Illdelph Halflife wont get reissue treatment https://t.co/Vs0ykRcyAK— Questlove De La Rose (@questlove) June 11, 2019 I been dying to find all the old reels and mix the 8 or 9 songs that never made DYWM.
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