YouTube as an archive – Hocus Pocus by Focus

I love going through YouTube and uncovering real historical gems. It feels like you are digging through this amazing archive, a plethora of information. Even though it contains many things not relevant to your interests like any other archive there are some truly historical audiovisual delicacies to be found. Of course, YouTube is not an archive in the true sense of the word, at least the way I personally see it, since videos disappear all the time (removed because of copyright breaches, people delete them or their entire accounts) and longevity is not YouTube’s concern at all. Yet, rummaging through the enormous collection, you do feel like a media archaeologist, and mighty proud if you uncover something you thought was lost, or at least very hard to find and to access. Recently I found a video of the Dutch band Focus performing their hit Hocus Pocus, and it did feel like finding a treasure (even though it already has 4,199,061 views!). An amazing performance, most likely uploaded by an avid fan, and I would not know where else to find it out in the open, except on YouTube. Enjoy.

Recorded October 5, 1973. Introduction by Gladys Knight.

Oh, and when this link is broken, please let me know, even if it’s five years from now. I’ll to find it again. It will be out there somewhere.


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