Eighties DJ Mixtapes Being Digitized For Future Generations

By: Renee Grant

Remember the days of cassettes? We could all be our own DJ with little more than a $4 pack of tapes, a clunky radio, and the reflexes of a cheetah to hit record and play at just the same time as you heard the first few notes of your favorite song on the radio. Now, somewhere in a box buried in the attic, you probably have tons of music collecting dust.

At the SF Disco Preservation Society, Jim Hopkins is taking those precious tapes, curated by real DJ’s from the San Francisco area during the 80’s & 90’s and digitizing them. Much of the music was played at venues that no longer exist, making the need to preserve the sets even more urgent.

“Somebody just came and dropped off this whole bag of cassettes,” Hopkins tells SFist. “A lot of these guys are getting up in years, and this is stuff that shouldn’t be lost.”

The SFDPS also curates a Facebook page chronicling the city’s nightlife through photos and old club flyers.

These hours-long mixes will be preserved and new generations of music lovers and disco dancers will have the chance to hear them. Do you still listen to cassette tapes? Let us know on our Twitter and Facebook pages!


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