Thursday, July 06, 2006
The Charlie Gillett nod
Ben E King with Charlie Gillett circa 1972 (pic: Doug McKenzie)
From the Sound of the World forum where someone was protesting that I was a bootlegger:
The Matsuli site is a fantastic resource that can lead visitors into exploring music they may have heard of, but never actually heard. They can decide for themselves whether to buy bona fide compilations or the pirates. Even where the albums are bona fide, royalties may never flow back to the original artists or their descendants because so many records were made on a session fee basis.
There are plenty or precedents where unauthorised albums have served to show demand for music that the original owners have been oblivious to. The famous Harry Smith collection of old blues and country music was basically a bootleg at the time. Fifty years later, the people at Smithsonian found ways to pay royalties on their reissued version.
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