Thousands of Rare Music Videos Just Got Uploaded to YouTube

YouTube has taken a lot of stick recently for their my-way-or-the-highway attitude towards material from indie labels, but we also need to give credit where credit is due.  The site is now the new home to 12,000 or so rare music videos thanks to a deal with a company called The Music Vault.

TMV launched a YouTube channel a little while ago using digitized material from Wolfgang’s Vault, a massive archive assembled by promoter Bill Graham and his people over decades.

So what are we looking at?  Live footage from the Sex Pistols, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison and dozens and dozens more.  Most of this stuff has never see the light of day before.  Go here to start sorting through everything.

(Via The Verge)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Thousands of Rare Music Videos Just Got Uploaded to YouTube

  • July 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Awesome news! I used to have a membership to Wolfgang’s Vault a few years ago for their vintage Fillmore posters and merchandise – which by the way if you haven’t checked out, you absolutely should just to see what they have (you don’t need to be a member to browse or shop there) – at the time the membership was well worth it as it used to give you a credit in the amount of the membership towards shopping in their store (a no-brainer value!); along with some discounts for their merch, and of course access to their archives of these very videos and streaming music from rare concerts.

    For a while it was great since I was predominantly into 60’s & 70’s era psychedelic rock and such. After a while though they stopped giving credit towards the store, and it became too much to pay mainly for access to the archives, since I wasn’t really using it much anymore.

    Glad to hear these are posted now for all to see, as it was unfortunate they were hidden away to members only for so long!


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