LETTING THE TAPE RUN: THE CREATION AND PRESERVATION OF THE HIDDEN YEARS MUSIC ARCHIVE
Dr Lizabé Lambrechts, Senior Research Fellow, Africa Open Institute, Stellenbosch University
The Hidden Years Music Archive is one of South Africa’s biggest popular music archives. Collected by David Marks, it documents South African alternative popular music from the late 1950s to the early 2000s. At the heart of this archive is material from the 3rd Ear Record Company, an independent record label established to record, promote and produce music that was not considered commercially viable, or seen as too political by the major record companies and the state-controlled broadcasting corporation. Marks recorded and collected wherever he went, and today this archive boasts an impressive collection of live music recordings, posters, photographs, programmes and tickets of music festivals, concerts and events in South Africa. This illustrated two-hour lecture will share the discoveries researchers on the project have made as they have sorted, catalogued and curated the Hidden Years Music Archive.