By Clinton Heylin
In Bootleg: the key heritage of the opposite Recording undefined, Clinton Heylin examines the full glossy heritage of this underground tradition: from what defines an illicit and its complicated and protean felony prestige, to an entire background of bootlegs' creation and distribution, to what's contained on the most infamous bootlegs and the way to discover them. in addition to many illustrations of the artistic programs, this is often the full tale of the $250 million that sustains itself at the nice figures of rock tune and their largest admirers.
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W e l l , I don't w a n t to wait that long to k n o w about B o b Dylan. A n d y o u can't k n o w about him unless y o u ' v e heard most of the hundred-odd unreleased d e m o s , bad takes, unreleased songs, and c o n c e r t and club recordings which have so far been bootlegged. 8 Whatever uncommon scruples Columbia displayed by 'respecting] the artist's wishes', they were largely lost on rock fans, delighted by the unauthorized nature of Great White Wonder. ' Great White Wonder, though, was already beyond Dub and Ken's command.
T h a t could be [ m o r e than] enough incentive to encourage competition in the Dylan-pirating field, and perhaps it already has. 52 Bootleg T h e r e are reports that a pirated Dylan album, entitled Troubled Troubador, is n o w on sale in C h i c a g o . 15 In fact, Troubled Troubador was not the second Dylan bootleg. The second Dylan title, and surely the rarest of all Dylan bootleg albums, came in a blank white sleeve with a pen drawing of a flower on each copy, drawn by the bootlegger's girlfriend.
Producing obscure versions of lengthy operas in increasingly exotic boxedsets was never going to be a mass-market exercise. After bringing out a complete version of Wagner's Ring cycle by Furtwangler, one opera bootlegger swore, 'I would never attempt anything so arduous as The Ring again. The tapes were copies of acetate discs, and the endless hours of removing ticks and pops have aged me ten years. ' 12 T h e Custodians of V o c a l H i s t o r y 37 Such dedication, in the face of minimal sales, guaranteed that a slimmed-down sixties record industry would turn a blind eye to the activities of these classical bootleggers.