Why I love live music

Posted: November 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

If you have ever traded tapes or even listened toa bootleg you should read the tragic tale of a legendary concert taper. Chances are you have one of his tapes in your collection.

Today is the first time in a long time that I’ve thought about why I love live music as much as I do and a lot of it traces to back to Mike the Mike.

In the late 80s I went to college in Southern California and I remember his tapes circulating amongst my friends. Someone would get a new Mike the Mic and we’d all gather round for a listen. Despite being multiple generations from the masters they were amazing specimens. They captured the 70s arena bands and let me listen to them at their peak even though I first learned of them long past their prime and often after they’d stopped playing live at all.

After college I moved back to the Bay Area, joined The Well, gained access to better trading circles with lower gen tapes, and the mystic of Mike the Mic faded away.
Today is the first time I’ve thought about him in years.

Today is the first time I learned what happened to him.

Today is the first time learned his last name.

Today is the first time I learned that it was Mike the Mike.

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