Clapping back at hackers, Radiohead to release stolen music as fundraiser

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The files were recently stolen from Thom Yorke's archive, with the band deciding to push out the material through Bandcamp after the thief demanded they pay $150,000 for their return. Instead of paying up, Radiohead is selling the songs to fans for charity. Releases all 18 themselves for £18 for 18 days with profits going to Extinction Rebellion. If you want it, you can buy the whole lot here 18 minidisks for £18 the proceeds will go to Extinction Rebellion.

"Instead of complaining-much-or ignoring it, we're releasing all 18 hours on Bandcamp in aid of Extinction Rebellion", Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood wrote on social media. Some of the tracks from these recordings did make it onto the cassette which came with the OK Computer reissue, the rest were "never intended for public consumption".

Last week, Radiohead were victims of a hacker, who stole 18 separate minidiscs from frontman Thom Yorke.

When you get hacked and held to ransom you can either cough up the cash or call the hackers' bluff, and Radiohead opted to do the latter. And very, very long. Not a phone download.' He added: 'Rainy out, isn't it though?'

We've been hacked my archived mini discs from 1995-1998 (?) it's not v interesting there's a lot of it.

The entire archive of tracks has a size of 1.8GB in size and, after purchase, Radiohead will get access to online streaming via the Bandcamp app and can also download them all in MP3, FLAC and more audio formats. As it's out there, it may as well be out there. Radiohead said the money would go to Extinction Rebellion, an organization combating climate change.

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