Bernie Krause

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Apparently no individual thread on him, though he's been mentioned a number of times on here.

That said, I'm creating this for a sad reason -- he's alive, but his house fell victim to the Bay Area wildfires:

Bernie Krause barely escaped the fires that surrounded his 10-acre compound in Glen Ellen early Monday morning. He and his wife had to drive through flames on the roads leading away from his home.

“The whole hillside near our house had burst into flames, almost like spontaneous combustion. I only had time to make sure my wife could make it to the car,” Krause said on Wednesday. “The road was completely on fire. We drove through a wall of flames and were lucky enough to get out.”

In his wake, the 78-year-old electronic music pioneer left behind 60 years of archives and all of his equipment, which was destroyed in the blaze.

“I lost all my recording equipment and my guitar, which I used when I replaced Pete Seeger in the Weavers,” Krause said.

Krause, who worked with artists like the Beatles and the Doors before becoming an innovator in field recordings, backed up all of his recordings to hard drives that live outside of his home — one is in a safety deposit box in a bank, another is in Europe. But everything else he owned is gone, including his two cats....

“I’m just trying to deal with insurance companies, and practical matters like buying shoes and clothes, so I have something to wear,” Krause said.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 12 October 2017 03:37 (eleven months ago) Permalink

thanks for thread, a great (if unintentional and tragic) example of the reasons for offsite backup

sleeve, Thursday, 12 October 2017 04:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Bump for the new day.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

oh shit poor bernie, but thank god he escaped

plp will eat itself (NickB), Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yeah given some of the truly terrible stories I've heard about people who barely escaped -- and about others who didn't -- it's really good to know they are both alive.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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