Tuesday 1 August 2023

FOR ONE NIGHT ILLEGALLY - the History of the Bootleg (Flac)

The first post in some three months. Only nine boots have been downloaded this year so far. An attempt to scale back and only keep the best. Two have been upgrades of boots that I already have. 

A lean time but we press on with this radio documentary about the history of bootlegs. Coming soon this month a pre-FM recording previously unavailable, from the Pink Pop festival. 

Writer and broadcaster David Hepworth charts the story of secret recordings, artist out-takes and demo tapes that make up the world of bootleg recordings, from Bob Dylan's Great White Wonder in 1969 to the file sharing internet sites of the 21st century, via the Beatles, the Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Sex Pistols and Led Zeppelin.

David also talks to contemporary artists including Ryan Adams who have come to embrace the bootleggers, and hears from bootleggers of the 1960s and 70s who pitted their wits against security guards, the Feds and the record companies to get their unofficial releases out to the public. A Bite Yer Legs production for BBC Radio 4.

For One Night Illegally - the History of the Bootleg
Presented by Dave Hepworth

BBC Radio 4 First Broadcast: Saturday 18 April, 2009 / 8pm (Running time: 56 minutes)

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01. The earliest bootleg recording. Jazz and Charlie Parker (4:09)
02. The Great White Wonder and bootlegs in the pop and rock era (6:08)
03. Dylan's publisher demo (The Basement Tapes) (6:14)
04. The people behind the bootleg recordings and their release, including Rubber Dubber, TMQ & TAKRL (10:27)
05. Creative differences in the studio! (7:32)
06. Electrif Lycanthrope, Fire On The Fingertips, Static In The Attic etc. Peter Grant attempts to stop the bootleggers (5:06)
07. Artists endorse bootlegs, sometimes! BBC sessions & live shows indirectly encouraged bootlegs, promos and official releases (6:18)
08. Stock seizure and arrests (5:39)
09. Beatles, Beach Boys, Sam Cooke, Elvis, Dylan, The Troggs and the bootleggers legacy of preserving audio history (5:22



  1. Thank you very much for this upload. A great addition to this BBC program is the book from Clinton Heylin – “Bootleg: The Secret History of the Other Recording Industry” https://a.co/d/8uz8dC2

  2. Thank you - looking forward to listening to this