Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Rolling Stone Article on LMA Controversy

Kudos to David Gans for being all over this issue and hosting a constructive forum on this topic on his blog. Today, he linked to a new Rolling Stone article about the LMA Controversy.

According to Rolling Stone:
An official statement from the Grateful Dead camp is expected in the next few days. In the meantime, longtime band publicist and spokesperson, Dennis McNally, told Rolling Stone that he thinks "David Gans' comments were dead -- you'll pardon the expression -- on."

And here I sit so patiently, waiting to find out what price...

10 Comments:

At 6:25 PM, Anonymous US Blues said...

Hey Ben, thanx for keeping things current. With Phil being on tour right now I am not too surprized that the response is taking time. But it's clear they know we're not happy, so we'll see what they have to say.

 
At 9:30 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Uncle John's has a piece about Barlow blamong "the drummers". I just blogged about it after reading UJ's piece. The plot thickens!

 
At 11:50 PM, Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

ALWAYS BLAME THE DRUMMERS...it's been that way for years! I just read the band's statement and thought it was right on. Should be out very soon.

 
At 8:08 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Justin - Barlow's words, not necessarily my opinion.

I merely am reporting on developments, not churning the rumor-mill as many are at David Gans' site.


Peace, Mark

 
At 12:59 PM, Blogger Ben said...

I was a bit shocked by Barlow's comments myself. I guess that Barlow, Mickey and Bill won't be exchanging Christmas cards this year, huh?

The rumor mill around this has been unreal, and with a little foresight from The Dead organization, was probably unnecessary.

For those who thought Phil and Jill Lesh were behind this, you were wrong too. Jonathan has Phil's quote on his site:
http://www.jonathanlaughlin.com/archives/df/000298.html

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think it is a perfectly fine idea to sell 'live' shows via download or CD. However with the Grateful Dead especially, I think some shows are more for archival purposes than for 'best show ever' or 'next dick's pick' quality. like some people don't like 90's dead, or 86 let's say - i'm just saying, selling EVERY dead show? that is ridiculous and is NOT a smart move. Digitizing and selling some 'best shows ever'? Come on, not that big of a problem...let's hope their greed is not as large as it appears.

 
At 3:50 PM, Blogger B said...

The Music Never Stopped....

 
At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

funny how this all happens after us LOYAL and RESPECTFUL deadheads have bought COUNTLESS releases, spent college tuition money to follow the dead over 30 years, AND just bought a 10-cd box set? Hmm...money? No Jerry was not against making money. He wanted us to spread the music. I think we all know the difference between trading and loving music, and literally taking a 30 year legacy and saying, "Hey it was free and you respected us for the whole time: now as a reward you MUST BUY our whole catalog now!"

i am sorry. they will regret this, unless these shows return. free.

period.

deadheads deserve this.

 
At 10:02 PM, Anonymous My 2 Cents said...

Justin and everyone else,

It's about more than you or me. It's about future easy access to everything not officially released by the Grateful Dead. It's also about future generations of Deadheads.

Sometimes, it's nice to count on something that's not for sale. There was something special about the Grateful Dead that meant sharing the music. That materialized in their "taper" sections, as well as a certain pride in their laisser faire attitude when it came to the intellectual rights of their music. In turn, they grew.

There's no question that if not for "tapers" they never would have reached the level of success they achieved in the 80's and 90's. The simple fact that no other bands seemed to ever be able to figure that out made them even more special.

But this move makes them look like everybody else. Especially when you consider no communication, no input from phil(!), and no compromise (nearly the entire site is closed). It's not very grateful dead-like, no matter what Dennis McNally says (no offense, I like the guy).

But does seem to follow a pattern over the last ten years. Be it the issues over Jerry's guitars, the failed attempt to get the archive out through Microsoft (thank god, can you imagine?), or this latest shutting down of an organically started and maintained website, things seem strange. Where did these guys grow up? In Haight-Ashbury? In a scene of free concerts, acid tests, love-ins, be-ins, and freedom marches?

When is enough money going to be made from the past?

Maybe a better question; how will the community continue to grow?

 
At 12:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

EVERY SINGLE deadhead I know owns a combination of audience and commercial(paid) recordings in their collection. Money and lots of it has been made by the GD over the years and I feel they deserve every penny.

Also, cult bands like the GD enjoy a level of artistic freedom(including "screwing up" and more than avg. subpar performances) that more polished acts could never get away with. No matter what...we ALWAYS come back!

This goodwill by the "heads" promotes the music's popularity and spawns renewing generations of fans which = $$$

I always gave the GD credit for being smarter (or maybe dumb luck)! First, give a great product away, then watch all the new fans line up to spend their dough. Genius right.....or have the rules changed now??

 

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