The era of the 1960s was monumentally influential for music — both in terms of where it was at the time, and where it’d go years later. The Michigan History Project recently acquired some live recordings of legendary acts including Neil Young and Joni Mitchell from 1968, and are looking to release these ‘historically significant’ tapes in some fashion.
The live performances were recorded at the Canterbury House, an on-campus student ministry at the University of Michigan that also housed performances from the likes of Tim Buckley, Odetta and more.
From Rolling Stone:
“We learned of the existence of the tapes about six years ago,” Michigan History Project president Alan Glenn said in a statement. “They were in the possession of a private collector. Then they disappeared, and we were afraid they were gone for good. But a few weeks ago they resurfaced, much to our surprise and relief. Now our first priority will be to get them transferred to a digital format, then make sure that the original analog tapes are safely archived.”
The Michigan History Project is looking for a label backing in order to officially release these recordings from Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, two undeniably classic artists.
The Rolling Stone pieces goes on to mention that other now-legendary acts, including Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Richie Havens and others also performed at the ministry, but those live recordings have not surfaced yet.