Two Talking Head members on hand for Eight Track Museum opening
Roxbury — Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of the Talking Heads will appear at grand opening of the Eight Track Museum in Roxbury on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The Eight Track Museum in Dallas, TX, in conjunction with The Orphic Gallery, will open its first permanent outpost at the historic Roxbury Corner Store. The opening will take place from 4-8 p.m. and Chris and Tina will be on hand from 6-8 p.m.
The museum will open with an exhibition of world’s rarest 8-track “Sinatra/Jobim,” a collaboration between Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Set to be released in 1969, the 8-track versions of Sinatra/Jobim were the first format manufactured. For some reason, the release of the album was called off. Less than five of the 8-tracks are believed to have survived.
Variety of items
The museum includes 8-tracks and players, merchandizing displays and illustrations of the technology from sources diverse as advertising copy to patent drawings. Also on display will be installations highlighting the central role of the automobile in the development of 8-track technology.
Another special feature of this exhibit will be The Timeline of Musical Technology that will trace the development of the technical means of reproducing music for the mass market from wax cylinders to mp3s with an emphasis on the place of 8-track tapes in that continuum.
The Museum will be continuously showing Spinal Tape, Bucks Burnett’s trackumentary. This unreleased film is a celebrity-packed video love letter to the 8-track tape. Interviewees include Tiny Tim, Jimmy Page, Talking Heads and many others.
The original Eight Track Museum is the world’s only museum dedicated to 8-track tapes and technology.
Founder James “Big Bucks” Burnett served as archivist to Frantz and Weymouth in 2008. Burnett released the live Tom Tom Club album “Genius Of Live” as a limited edition 8-track in 2011 and designed their Tip Top Records logo. Having attended the grand opening of the first Eight Track Museum in Dallas in 2011, the couple will help inaugurate the Roxbury location with a casual meet-and-greet.
Chris and Tina have been making waves together ever since they helped invent New Wave with the Talking Heads in the mid-’70s. As if the Heads were not pioneering enough for one couple, they took the world by surprise with their debut Tom Tom Club album in 1981 that contained three top 10 hits.
The Orphic Gallery will also unveil an expanded version of “All Most Famous,” its current exhibition of photos by Peter Stupar. Mr. Stupar’s work has chronicled the illustrious history of live music in the San Francisco Bay Area capturing such milestones as The Band’s Last Waltz and the final performance of the Sex Pistols.
For information, visit: orphicgallery.com or eighttrackmuseum.com