Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Deadheads Boycott The Dead

Check out this article in Rolling Stone called Deadheads Boycott The Dead. My buddy Modeski clued me in on it. Sounds like a bunch of bullshit to me. But here's the jist:
Grateful Dead fans, perhaps rock's most dedicated bunch, are taking a stand against the band they love. Until recently, Deadheads could download countless live recordings of the band for free from third-party sites, including the popular Live Music Archive (archive.org), which once hosted nearly 3,000 Grateful Dead shows. All of the downloads were pulled last week at the request of Grateful Dead Merchandising (GDM), the group that handles official products for the band and is overseen by its surviving members.

Deadheads have answered in protest. In an online petition, fans have pledged to boycott GDM -- including CDs and concert tickets -- until the decision is reversed. (The band itself broke up in the wake of leader Jerry Garcia's 1995 death, but in recent years guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have toured simply as "the Dead.")

GDM recently began selling live music downloads through its online store. The sudden lockdown could be a simple non-compete strike, or it could foreshadow a long-rumored deal with iTunes that will make the entire Grateful Dead live vault available for purchase.

Fans were incensed that the policy change applies not only to official soundboards but audience recordings as well. Throughout their four-decade career, the Grateful Dead actively encouraged fans to trade live recordings and even designated a special "taper's section" at the concerts. In return, Deadheads largely respected the band's wishes that the concert recordings weren't sold for profit... More
I blame Jerry's wife Debra Koons. She's a cunt.

1 comment:

jasonHoldEm said...

Wow, pauly I had no clue you were into phish...151 is freaking unreal, and you've seen some amazing ones too.

Strangely enough, the only one we share is Oswego (I've been to a dozen or so most in 97-98). I used to sell stickers in the lots to help support my phish habit (if you've ever seen a "wilson sucks" or "I feel good about HOOD" sticker those are some of mine).

I'm uber jealous you got to Coventry...hell of a write-up too. I hope to make a blogger event next year and we'll have to hang out and talk about some of the shows.

Keep up the good work, Peace.