|3rd Ear Music's Hidden Years Archive Project is a unique collection of alternative SAfrican music. Live Recorded desk-mixes from Township to City Festivals, Concerts, Clubs & independent Studios - 1964 to date. For archive re-issues & current 3rd Ear productions speak to us! - we can customize copies provided all the necessary permission, copyright & licensing is cleared. See copyright note below >>
A quote from The Hidden Years Story - Volume 2 (Penguin Books):
... The thing about 3rd Ear Music (and other independent indigenous music producers) that South Africa should remember, is that pre 1994 the record industry tried to shut you down, the government wanted to shut you up and the media shut you out!
By and large many (if not most) musicians didn't want to know, and the academics didn't care.
So what has changed? Nothing! The question we need to ask ourselves now is - why!?
3rd Ear Music, The House That Master Jack Built, is 40 years young - 09.08.09 at the same time, in August 2009, Woodstock is 40 years old.... and thanks to Master Jack, David Marks was there in the USA, working on the Hanley Sound crew and documenting the event for South Africa
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Master Jack is now almost 45 and 4 Jacks and a Jill are producing a 41 years Master Jack commemorative CD album; The Hidden Years Music Archive that SAMRO have now taken over for safe-keeping, has been around for 19 years; Kevin Harris (TV director) is in the process of researching a documentary for SABC TV 2 on the Hidden Years and David Marks’ long awaited Hidden Years Story book will be issued by Penguin Books in 2010.
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On August the 9th 2009, 3rd Ear Music will officially be 40 years young.... And to those who've heaped such praise on this life-long collective labour of love, please remember to remind us, never to forget; what 3rd Ear Music did (and still does) is to press stop, pause, play and record... if it murmurs or moves we tape and shoot it... or gets somebody else to do it. The truth is that the audiences and the musicians out there did all the work and most of the play! We listened.
As someone recently pointed out, this hidden history music material - the photos, posters, programs, the notes, words and music that South Africans made possible, is a collective soundtrack to the loud 'n proud Silent Revolution that so many good (and very young) revolting SAfricans took part in at that time.
1. Stop, pause, play and record...40 Year 3rd Ear Music retrospective for those who may not know >>
2 Preserve, Protect, Produce and Present The Hidden Years Archive Library and Museum Dream >>
3. SAMRO comes to 3rd Ear Music's HYMAProject corner - Saved by the Bell. >>
4. Equipment needed - Music Archive / Library / Museum - will it happen? IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ >>
5. Photo Agent for 3rd Ear Music in the USA - New York >>
Important legal & copyright note:
Whether 3rd Ear Music owns the music it recorded or not - it will only be made available with permission, in writing, from the rights holders. Copyright clearance from the original owners, composers, publishers & producers is essential. 3eM aims to issue limited edition CD-R's, CDs & hopefully a CD-ROM. A Radio & TV documentary is being negotiated. We hope to make as much information available as we are allowed - for students, archive and commercial use. However, the choice of music, material & stories from the archives, is up to the individual musicians. Anybody willing to sponsor a particular artist or event? email 3eM.
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