Saturday, August 23, 2008
Wired reports: [edited]
Thousands of recordings that had been largely consigned to the realm of prehistory in the digital age have gained a new life, thanks to the tireless efforts of one man.
Cliff Bolling didn't realize what he was getting into when he picked up a copy of the first record he ever owned (Cliff Steward's "Aba Daba Honeymoon") and realized soon after that "there's a whole world of music that you don't hear anymore, and it's on 78 RPM records."
As things stand now, the 57-year-old Portland, Oregon, native has uploaded 3,739 MP3s, with plenty more in the pipeline.
"A lot of younger people go to the site, and it's amazing that they hear songs today that originally were recorded 75 years ago. It's pretty cool that people get to listen to this stuff. As far as copyrights, apparently I'm okay, because nobody's come to shut me down or anything."
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Brett's 2p'orth: Sadly, Bolling's site has been a victim of its own success, with hundreds of greedy downloaders sucking the entire 10GB of files off the site for their collections, Yahoo shut his site down. So, for now at least, the site is merely listing the songs, with a token 'free track' available for download. Shame.