One of the biggest collections of historical rock and roll material in the world has become embroiled in a legal dispute with some of rock’s biggest names.
We generally look pretty favourably on any institution that sets out to immortalise the artform of rock ‘n’ roll, but when you end up with a situation that pits it against the very rock stars who are meant to be honoured there, it’s not an ideal situation to say the least.
That’s what we’re looking at here, sadly, as one of the biggest collections of historical rock and roll material in the world has become embroiled in a legal dispute with some of rock’s biggest names – all over some decades-old concert recordings.
At the centre of the storm is Wolfgang Vault’s, a repository dedicated to the collection, restoration and preservation of important pieces of music history, but of course it makes a little money along the way. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, it was once described by The Wall Street Journal as “the most important collection of rock memorabilia and recordings ever assembled,” and valued at over 100 million USD, but it’s those recordings that have dragged The Rolling Stones’ legendary guitarist Keith Richards, The Who’s axeman Pete Townshend, R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe, and Talking Heads’ David Byrne into a messy legal battle.