The Michigan History Project has unearthed several seven-inch reel-to-reel audio tapes recorded at a student ministry at the University of Michigan in 1968, including live performances by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Tim Buckley, Odetta, David Ackles, and Dave Van Ronk. The recordings came out of a countercultural hub in the 1960s, the Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, Michigan.According to Rolling Stone, the Michigan History Project have acquired the special recordings and are in search of a record label interested in releasing them.“We learned of the existence of the tapes about six years ago,” said Alan Glenn, President of the Michigan History Project. “They were in the possession of a private collector. Then they disappeared, and we were afraid they were gone for good. But a few weeks ago they resurfaced, much to our surprise and relief. Now our first priority will be to get them transferred to a digital format, then make sure that the original analog tapes are safely archived.”Chris Goosman, Michigan-based mastering engineer, also said of the recordings, “These from Canterbury House aren’t audience-recorded bootlegs but first-rate soundboard captures made on professional equipment. It’s an amazing collection with the rare combination of being well-recorded and also well-preserved, and that makes it even more historically significant.”The Michigan History Project also confirmed that the recordings were made with consent from the performing artists.Neil Young performed at the Canterbury House on November 8, 9, and 10 of 1968, with the latter two nights featured on his Sugar Mountain – Live at Canterbury House 1968. Though, the November 8th concert has yet to see the day of light. According to Rolling Stone, “It’s unclear which date(s) the Michigan History Project is in possession of.”Rolling Stone also notes that “Artists like Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Buddy Guy, Sun Ra, Richie Havens and more also performed at the Canterbury House during the era, but recordings of those gigs have not yet been found.”[via Rolling Stone]
Facebook51Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston Community TelevisionThurston Community Television (TCTV) has spent the past six months renovating and upgrading the community media center it operates in Thurston County. A state-of-the-art High Definition television studio is now available for use by community members to make video programs that are aired on the TCTV channels and shared through the Internet. The new facility will be unveiled to the community during an open house on Saturday, September 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.“We’re very excited about the opportunities this new facility offers,“ says Deborah Vinsel, TCTV CEO. “Our community can now create beautiful high definition video programs in our studio. The graphics (titles and credits) are beautiful. We can stream programming from the studio directly onto the Internet and import media from web services (like SKYPE) to include participants from other places. It’s an exceptional facility and it’s available to anyone who wants to become a member and take our classes. “The TCTV studio is located at 440 Yauger Way SW, Suite C, Olympia, in the same building as Comcast Cable on Olympia’s west side. There are lots of hands-on activities planned for the September 27 Open House. Attendees can take a tour, make an animation, shoot a video message, or record a voice-over to name a few. There will also be refreshments and door prizes. At 3:00 PM there will be a brief program in the studio to officially re-dedicate the facility.TCTV has been managing the public, educational, and governmental cable access channels and production facilities since 1986. The resources are made possible through service contracts between TCTV and Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Thurston County. TCTV services include video production training classes, studio and editing facilities, and portable equipment that can be checked-out by TCTV members. Membership is open to any individual, nonprofit organization, government agency or school. Members have access to low-cost classes and can gain unlimited access to the equipment and facilities by paying a small annual fee.Programming created through the TCTV facilities is seen on four local cable channels on the Comcast Cable system in greater Thurston County and on three channels on Fairpoint Cable system serving the area around Yelm. More than 20,000 hours of programming is scheduled by TCTV on these channels each year. Programming is also available through the TCTV website, www.tctv.net.TCTV is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.