This interesting article in the Boston Herald last Sunday talks about how many short films of music performances from the past are turning up on YouTube :
Magical portal to a musical past by Jenna Wolf
Here’s a quote from the article:
“It’s sort of a historical portal,” said professor Victor Coelho, chairman of the Musicology Department at Boston University, who is using clips in his lectures. “It’s like a cultural e-Bay. A real revolution is taking place. Now we can be transported in time.”
Some of these films are contributed by users and may be of dubious copyright status, but companies like DMG are also working with YouTube, providing the content they own in exchange for a cut of the ad revenue.
The online version of the article is great because it has links to all the films mentioned in the article, from Cab Calloway to Dusty Springfield.
It’s interesting to watch how YouTube has developed into such a rich if disorderly cultural archive, and an important reference, educational and entertainment resource. (Not to mention its growing prominence in politics.)
Jumpin’ Jive – Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers