The Crew Tapes
Roadies have amassed a treasure trove of live recordings spanning more than 40 years and made CrewCare their custodian. These tapes document the cultural significance of the Australian live music scene and serve as important historical records, requiring a commercial release to ensure they will never be lost.
CrewCare is asking artists to donate their performance royalties for each release, while the crew member who made the recording will relinquish their recording rights. Acts including Australian Crawl, The Church, Cold Chisel, Crowded House, Jo Jo Zep, Wendy Matthews, Men At Work, Mental As Anything, Midnight Oil, The Models and Paul Kelly have all expressed a willingness to participate in the project to assist the crews who have helped them on their journey.
Each release acknowledges just how important roadies have been to making our live performance industry a stand out success. They offer recognition to the engineers who documented this wealth of genuine Australian music history.
Professor Philip Graham at the University of the Sunshine Coast is overseeing the preservation, treatment and mastering of these tapes, which are then to be submitted into the NFSA, or returned to their rightful owner.
Under the guidance of Prof. Graham, USC PhD students will research and provide the narrative surrounding these releases.
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