Pop Culture's Buried Treasure

Did you know that there was a serious film produced about Karen Carpenter that used Barbie dolls instead of actors? That the first pressing of the Thriller LP was much longer than the finished product? That Quentin Tarantino's first film was ruined by a fire at the film-processing lab? There are plenty of pop culture recordings that you might never get a chance to experience -or by luck, you just might. Read about a lot of lost art at Wired. Link -via Dark Roasted Blend

By the way, the Carpenter biopic is available online.

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Not so much "lost" I suppose, but suppressed, is any number of works not released due to rights issues, often involving major popular music of the time. In that category, at least, I would but the WKRP TV series at all, but preferably the broadcast run. Another is The Wonder Years, and the film "FM".

Also, I'd like to see broadcast quality tapes of You Can't Do That On TV.
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We launched a collaborative forum from this project too. Help track down some of these lost relics with other pop culture enthusiasts: Relic Wranglers http://www.wired.com/relicwranglers
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