Wo-oh What I Want To Know...
These past few days, I have, like many others, gone through a myriad of emotions. Since the decision to remove SBDs from The Archive and allow only streaming of AUD recordings, those emotions have ranged from anger to sadness to disappointment to shock to disbelief, and even for some, indifference. From the initial firestorm on the Live Music Archive Forum, to the 1200+ petition 'signatures' to date, to the almost 70 comments on the subject at David Gans' blog, to the several insightful comments on my blog, this issue has created such negative feelings overall, that all I can ask now is WHY?
That's all I want to know. The Archive has their cryptic explanation, but you have to feel that they are probably bound legally by what they can and can't say. I doubt it was their decision anyway. The real explanation needs to come from The Grateful Dead organization. They need to say something, anything! Did they do this so that they can sell every show on I-Tunes? If so, fine, so-be-it. If that's the case, then when will these shows be available, will they still charge $15-20 per show? If that's not the case, then what other explanation is there. We just want to hear something. There is a sense of entitlement amongst alot of Deadheads, deserved or not. If we deserve anything right now though, it is some sort of communication. And we want it now.
Justin, you read this blog, do have any light you can shed on this? Can you pass the word of our discontent along? Do the responsible parties even realize the shit-storm they have created over this decision?
I'm finishing up Garcia: An American Life, and there was something I read last night that really struck a cord in me. After Jerry died, Mountain Girl was quoted as saying:
"From the beginning to the end he (Jerry) always wanted the music to be available to the people. He didn't want the funky people shut out. He hated being shut out because of money, status or class"
The Archive was one of the best examples of the spirit of making the music "available to the people". Will people be shut out? Maybe. One thing's for sure, the music won't be as 'available' any more. If all the music will be for sale now, some people will be shut out "because of money, status or class". So then, is that spirit gone or irrelevant now? Is there something else driving this change in methodology? If someone would just tell us, we may just understand.
Wo-oh what I want to know... Don't you want to know too?