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6 comments2 Dec 2005 @ 04:14 by SadHippie @22.214.171.124 : The death of the Dead
This is such a slap in the face to Jerry's memory and to John Perry Barlow, who besides being one of the lyricists for the Dead is a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization that has fought tooth and nail to keep the internet free and open, created the notion of "creative commons" and helped establish the internet archive.
This is Bob Weir's doing, not Phil Lesh's.
Being that Bob was raised in Atherton, Ca., an enclave for the superrich next to Palo Alto (Larry Ellison lives in Atherton), Bob is just coming home to roost.
Many hippies would like to think that because the Dead made the music that they love, that the Dead are hippies too. That might have been the case for Jerry and Phil (an artist with an honorary PhD from Stanford), but Bob was born with a diamond-encrusted silver spoon up his rectum. Of course, they were all wealthy because of the band, but they were artists first and foremost. I know a few folks that know Bob, including somebody from RatDog, his solo band. Bob Weir is and always was a spoiled rich kid for whom this whole "strange trip" always was about the money. He has the arrogance to match. Of course now that they are taking a hit on concert tickets, they (Bob) are trying to monetize their recordings.
As is, Bob Weir is just milking the last of the Dead legacy dry, and touring with Jerry "sound alikes" as opposed to really moving forward with his music. He could easily live for years on end on the money he has and never feel a pinch or keep on making a name for himself as an artist with current art. He'd rather
rest on his often coked-out (this I say from talking to folks that know) ass and rehash old songs that will never be the same because Jerry isn't alive to give those songs (even Bob's songs) their magic. He just doesn't have the creative juice to be original and relevant anymore, if he ever did. Without Jerry's tutelage, it's not obvious he would have lasted long enough in public memory to have the option of pissing on his fans 30 something years later.
Bob betrayed his fans years ago, and only now they are catching on.
2 Dec 2005 @ 06:52 by jstarrs : Great article, Ming...
Power to the People!
2 Dec 2005 @ 10:41 by jazzolog : Columbia Records
is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, sez Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_Records ---and just look at that lovely vintage label on the page: enough to make any collector drool. I think my oldest 78 is a Columbia---from 1919, or something like that, with an adolescent Jimmy Durante a sideman on piano. It was Columbia Masterworks and discs by Benny Goodman that got me going into music in the first place. In 1948 they introduced the LP...and it was heaven on earth. A couple years later they started the Columbia Record Club, which delivered records to your door at wonderful prices and gave us lots of free stuff besides---and unissued sessions by jazz guys. I was a member for 50 years. But Sony came---and then BMG. This year they merged all the Columbia Record Club people into BMG's club, of which I already was a member. They sweetened the deal with free stuff too, so I didn't bitch too loud---however, I wrote Sony/BMG a long letter of reminiscence about how important the Columbia Record Club had been to me back in the day. No reply.
2 Dec 2005 @ 16:22 by ming : Media
They should probably realize how valuable it is to them that they have loyal and long term customers and supporters. They can't just switch the names and the brands around to something that suits their new corporate structure, and still expect that their customers still will be loyal. And at the same time they need to move with the times, learn to live with a world where we easily can share files between ourselves, so they need to come up with new ways of adding value, of keeping us happy actually buying something from them.
3 Dec 2005 @ 16:31 by Lena @126.96.36.199 :
I once had a CD player that would only play Linkin Park for a while. it was kinda funny, actually.
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