The Eight Track Museum Opens in Dallas


Just in case you mistakenly thought that the Super Bowl was the biggest event in Dallas this month, we’ve got news for you:

The Eight Track Museum is now officially open. Oh, we know that you’ve been waiting patiently for those those doors to open, and now they have, so it’s time to book that flight down to Texas and pay your respects.

Dedicated to a music format that’s been obsolete for a quarter century, the Eight Track Museum is the brainchild of collector, cultural visionary and museum curator Bucks Burnett.

The museum hosted its grand opening on Monday with a ceremony that featured an appearance by Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of the Tom Tom Club. And in conjunction with very special occasion, Tom Tom Club issued a limited edition of 30 copies of its new album, “Genius of Live,” on 8-track through Cloud 8, a “dead format” label run by Burnett.

The Tom Tom Club tandem (and former Talking Heads members) issued the following statement: “We feel inspired and astonished that in our 30th year, Tom Tom Club’s ‘Genius of Live’ will be available through a technology platform that is clearly on the rebound from obscurity to its rightful place as the transcendent
format of the 21st century. Respect to Bucks Burnett and The Eight Track Museum.”

In conjunction with the opening of the new museum, Burnett is also wrapping up production on “Spinal Tape,” an upcoming documentary film about 8 tracks featuring commentary from Jimmy Page, Tiny Tim, all four members of Talking Heads, Sterling Morrison of Velvet Underground and, of course, Black Oak Arkansas’ frontman Jim Dandy Mangrum, as well as others.

The Eight Track Museum’s inaugural exhibition is “Conceived In Cars/Birth Of The Eight Track, 1965.” The museum – which also features the Cloud 8 Gift Shop – is located in the Deep Ellum Community Arts Building in Dallas. The museum is open from 2-6pm on Wednesdays and Sundays; or by appointment. Admission is $10.

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  1. Greg says

    Wanna know more about 8-tracks? Over at his Times Union blog, Chuck Miller has written a fun historical retrospective…

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