About The Speek
Think of us as the Magellan of Music Video. The Jacques Cousteau of Classic Rock. Or Raiders of the Lost Archives. In fact, we’re the equally adventurous, if more prosaically named, TheSPEEK.com.
The business launched in 2011, founded by a merry band of British, American and Canadian music historians, pop culture archivists and record execs, and has made it its mission to find, rescue and restore classic music performances, captured on film and videotape, of the Rock & Roll Era.
We scour the dusty vaults of television studios, motion picture libraries and private collections—from London to Los Angeles, Memphis to Munich and all points in between—to find some of the pivotal moments in music history that, at one time, were captured for posterity but, for reasons unknown, were later lost through time and neglect.
As die-hard music fans and collectors ourselves, imagine the thrill we experience in resurrecting performances like “Maggie’s Farm”—the day Bob Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Or how ‘bout Otis Redding’s soulful transformation of an old Bing Crosby classic, “Try A Little Tenderness”, as he brings down the house in front of his very first British audience? And to watch a youthful Moody Blues unveiling a new tune in ’67 that, years later, would become a staple of classic rock and their signature song –“Nights In White Satin”—amazing! The only thing better than unearthing these classic moments in time is being able to share them with you and fellow music fans around the world.
The Speek is a brand new enterprise and our catalogue will be expanding rapidly in the coming months. Stop by often as we will be adding remarkable video clips from some of the biggest names in Rock, Pop and Soul music. And, ultimately, we’ll be offering treasures from the realms of Jazz, Blues and Country, too.
Check out the previews of our classic video clips, catch the latest news from The Speek and the music world at-large, and share in some of the experiences and opinions of our seasoned staff and post comments of your own on The Speek Blog. We enthusiastically encourage your thoughts and suggestions about our mission, too. Do you have a favorite act or legendary performance you'd like to see here? Let us know. In the meantime, enjoy the show!