The day the music died for dazed DJ

Last updated 06:40 15/04/2014
Danny Lemon's records
HOT WAX: DJ Danny Lemon posted a photo of his burned records with the caption: "I thought by some miracle my records may have survived. There are no words. Just sound and power."

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The music has stopped for Wellington DJ Danny Lemon.

Sifting through the charred remains of his 8500 dub and reggae records at Kiwi Self Storage in Kilbirnie yesterday, the founding member of Roots Foundation was in shock.

"Like everybody else, I had this hope that somehow, by some miracle, my record collection had survived, but it's been obliterated. Everything's just melted together completely."

Dozens of people visited the Rongotai Rd storage shed yesterday to see whether their possessions had escaped the blaze on April 4. Everybody was wandering the scene in a daze, shocked at the destruction, Lemon said.

"It's completely reduced to rubble."

Lemon estimates his collection was worth at least $100,000. It included boxes of 7-inch singles and original pressings from cult New York label Wackie's.

"It's an archival collection, a cultural treasure."

Some of the records would cost up to 50 pounds each to replace, he said.

Lemon initially thought he had had insurance included in his rental agreement with Kiwi Self Storage, but he had since been told by the company that he did not.

Offers to replace records had flooded in from around the world, he said.

Like many other Kiwi Self Storage customers, he believed he had until 5pm yesterday to take what possessions he wanted before the remainder was sent to the dump.

Yesterday, a staff member on site told Lemon that was not the case, and he could come back today to search for clothes and magazines beneath the ash.

Communication with the company had been poor, Lemon said.

He disputed director Andrew Fraser's statement to The Dominion Post that nearly all customers had been contacted, saying he had received no calls or emails.

"Everybody knows it's a difficult time, but to read in the paper that everybody's been contacted - people don't know what's going on."

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