Welcome to the bootleg database on The Rolling Stones
This site is made to provide an easy way of searching information about bootleg
recordings, specially on The Rolling Stones.
Bootleg recordings have been around for decades. According to Miles (see source references), for the Rolling Stones it started
just before Christmas of 1969 with the famous "LIVER THAN YOU'LL EVER BE" acetate, released on Lurch Records.
Lurch Records label would later become the well known bootleg label "Trade Mark of Quality" (TMoQ).
"Rolling Stone" magazine wrote a review of this bootleg release on February 7, 1970 (by Greil Marcus): review...
With the rapidly development in digital audio and video technology, most people attending
a venue today is also able to recording it. There are a very few numbers of venues after 1969 that are not circulating among fans right now,
making the number of circulating audience tapes and recordings endless.
During the 1990s an increased production of bootleg CDs rolled out, including re-issues of shows that had been recorded decades
previously. In particular, companies in Germany and Italy exploited the more relaxed copyright laws in those countries by
pressing large numbers of CDs.
See bootleg labels such as World Productions Of Compact Music ,
The Swingin' Pig
and Chameleon Records from Europe,
followed by Japanese Labels like Vinyl Gang ,
and Hot Lips Records.
The new European copyright law from 2011 protects recordings made in 1963 or later for 70 years, but only if the recordings were legal published within 50 years after they were made.
Recordings made before 1963 are out of copyright in the EU.
If they remain unreleased, recordings from 1966 will fall out of copyright in the EU at the end of 2016.
It would be legal for anybody to release those recordings in Europe. Coda Publishing from EU is releasing many items under protection of the EU copyright laws.
This site list only bootlegs albums and cds that have been examined and are circulating among collectors.
The list is undoubtedly incomplete as far for listing every available bootleg for every venue,
emphasis is more on trying to listing available sources for each venue.
Beside is a picture of the band in a fish and chip shop on the King's Road, Chelsea, used as
the insert papper artwork of the original Bedspring Symphony bootleg.
Visit the Rolling Stones Official Bootleg site FROM THE VAULTS for great classic live recordings in best available sound quality. Very much recommended !
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Thanks to all Stones fans that has been contributing to this site in many different ways. Providing nice comments and information about bootlegs. If you have bootleg information that can not be found here. Don't hesitate to drop an e-mail !
There are many sources to the information used on this site in order to list the bootleg recordings, the main references used are:
Updated reference sources.
Previous site upgrades:
Add bootlegs List years link on welcome page.
Under List Dates menu, Radio Shows are now listed. Other small errors fixed.
Updated Bootleg list in Alphabetic order with artwork thumbnails and one page per letter.
New menu "List Tours" added, It helps you to easily looks into played songs on tours and search for released bootlegs.
You are now able to search Bootleg titles by song and venue. Just look at
selection sorts Bootleg Titles based on second word if it starts with articles "The", "An" or "A" .
It's now possible to list only Bootlegs by selected media format [LP , CD or CDr].
Database navigation has been improved. While displaying setlists, next and prev venue is just a link away !