The Full List Of Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed In The UMG Fire Has Been Revealed
Following reports from earlier in the month when it was confirmed that a 2008 fire at Universal Studios destroyed master tapes from the likes of Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Guns N’ Roses and more, The New York Times have compiled a new, comprehensive list of artists whose original works have been lost.
Adding over 700 names to the 100-strong list when the terrible news was originally revealed, this new report documents how the record company stated that “more than 100,000 masters and an estimated 500K song titles had burned”, and also how a number of artists – Soundgarden, Hole, Steve Earle, the estate of Tupac Shakur, and Tom Petty’s ex-wife – have since filed a lawsuit seeking “compensatory damages in an amount in excess of $100 million”.
Hole vocalist Courtney Love reportedly commented on the situation via email to The New York Times, writing: “No-one knows for sure yet, specifically what is gone from their estate, their catalog. But for once in a horrible way people believe me about the state of the music business which I would not wish on my worst enemy. Our culture has been devastated, meanwhile UMG is online with cookie recipes and pop, as if nothing happened. It’s so horrible.”
Check out a selection of the rock and metal artists whose tapes were affected in the fire, and check out the full list here. Please note: it’s not yet confirmed which masters specifically were destroyed, “nor can it be said categorically that all of these artists did in fact lose masters”.
Guns N’ Roses
Jimmy Eat World
Nine Inch Nails
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Puddle Of Mudd
Temple Of The Dog
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