Iron Mountain, saving the Beatles, ‘E.T.’ Sinatra and more, one digital recording at a time

Jeff Anthony (left) and David Iscove in the EMI vault at Iron Mountain. At right, original music of Capitol Records artists.
Jeff Anthony (left) and David Iscove in the EMI vault at Iron Mountain. At right, original music of Capitol Records artists.Credit:

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The process of digitizing cultural artifacts, from Beatles albums to Spielberg movies to original recordings of Ol’ Blue Eyes, is a little-known, soulful world inside of Iron Mountain, the Boston-based data storage company. Iron Mountain is digitizing as much music, film, and video as any other company in the world thanks to the 22 million entertainment assets already in its care, most of them stored in secure, temperature-controlled, inpenetrable, underground bunkers.

It’s a surprising role to play for a company like Iron Mountain, which is known for working with the government, law firms, hospitals, and large corporations like Boeing, ensuring that legendary film, television, and music recordings are around for generations to come.

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