I remember watching this June 2008 fire from a few miles away. A pillar of black smoke so dense arose in the east toward Griffith Park that everybody on my street came outside to watch it. But then the news that evening was that it was just a normal fire, nothing to be interested in.
Well, it wasn’t a normal fire like the cover-up said. Instead, it was the original audio master tapes of many of the most famous music recordings of the 20th Century going up in flames. From the Los Angeles Times:
Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge promises ‘transparency’ over 2008 fire damage
By RANDY LEWIS
JUN 18, 2019 | 5:05 PM
The chairman of the world’s largest music conglomerate on Tuesday instructed all who work for him to be transparent with musicians who contact the company to find out whether their recordings were among those destroyed in a 2008 fire reported to have consumed as many as 500,000 recordings. …
The extent of damage from the fire 11 years ago was detailed in a New York Times Magazine investigation published last week, a report that alleged widespread destruction of a vast number of original master recordings by artists including Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Elton John, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Nirvana, Snoop Dogg and an untold number of others.