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December 1, 2008
One of my fellow Julliard librarians discovered a curious reference in the notebooks of Arthur Russell. It said, "I have sunk in the Hudson River a metal box containing an audio reel that would have blown apart the history of New York City music."

The diving expedition took three months. A library technician drowned. It took three months, but we actually found it. We treated it with archival care, then slipped it onto the spindle of a reel-to-reel.

And there we heard it: clumsy, but certain: we had discovered the prototype, or ur-text, of every single song by Talking Heads.