Bootlegs

Dec 21 | Posted by: Fighter #1 | Tags: Show recap

Bootlegs are great. I try to bootleg every show that I play, and I bootleg friends’ bands when I get the chance too. I’d definitely rather hear a decent bootleg over an edited-in-post, mostly-rerecorded live album.

One of the things that I like about bootlegs is their ephemeral quality. I’ve seen a lot of amazing, obscure bands that will likely never get the chance to create a decent studio recording of their songs. Bootlegs are often the only recordings of these songs that you’ll ever see.

They’re a beautiful, melancholy snapshot of under-realized genius. It’s frial, transient, and imperfect. Did the artist picture the recorded version of this song being interrupted by some drunk guy shouting “play some Skynnard”? Almost certainly not. But that’s the only version that exists, and there’s a certain poetry to that.

A lot of the songs that were on You've Probably Never Heard of Them had no official recordings, actually. Just bootlegs.

Speaking of, I haven't gotten a chance to process the video from last Friday's show yet. I'm working on it though.

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