by Tim Peacock
performances by Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, recorded
at a student ministry on the University of Michigan campus
in 1968, are among a series of professional-quality recordings
unearthed by the Michigan History Project.
reel-to-reel audio tapes featuring concerts by David Ackles,
Tim Buckley, Odetta and Dave Van Ronk were also among
the recordings made at a venue called Canterbury House:
an Ann Arbor, Michigan venue that regularly hosted counterculture
events in the mid to late 1960s.
Michigan History Project recently acquired the recordings,
with the non-profit organization now seeking a record
label interested in releasing the concerts. “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 analogue tapes are safely archived.”
of the recordings were made with the consent of the performing
artist, the Michigan History Project added.
mastering engineer Chris Goosman added of the recordings,
“These from Canterbury House aren’t audience-recorded
bootlegs but first-rate soundboard captures made on professional
equipment. It’s an amazing collection with the rare combination
of being well-recorded and also well-preserved, and that
makes it even more historically significant.”
Young performed three concerts across 8 to 10 November
1968, at the Canterbury House, with the 9 and 10 November
concerts featuring prominently on the archival release
Sugar Mountain – Live at Canterbury House 1968. The 8
November concert remains unreleased. At the time of writing,
it remains unclear which date(s) the Michigan History
Project is in possession of.
influential artists such as Frank Zappa and the Mothers
of Invention, Buddy Guy, Sun Ra, Richie Havens and more
also performed at the Canterbury House during the era,
but recordings of their performances have not as yet come