Date: Sat Aug 19 2000 - 23:03:14 PDT
That's my favorite thing about Napster: you can find all kinds of bands
doing all kinds of covers. Bootlegs? Yep. But the fact is, many of the
bootlegs were recorded directly from the equipment the band was using.
The Dead used to do that. They'd have several hundred open jacks for
people to plug into and make 'bootlegs,'s and these were passed around
among other deadheads. Every deadhead I have hung out with has at least
several, if not hundreds, of bootleg tapes. Hmm...and The Grateful Dead
just happens to be the most successful band ever, with the biggest steady
base of fans who listened to these bootlegs as they followed the band
around the country. Everyone got what they wanted. (: But then again,
how many business people could even tolerate such an idea, regardless of
the fact that the Dead made more money than anyone? (;
Some folks need to board the bus.
Sittin in the back seat,
"A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity."
-- Robert Frost
On Sat, 19 Aug 2000, Dave Winer wrote:
> I gotta tell you about today.
> My panel was very hostile to me and barely let me finish a sentence on how
> great music on the Internet is. They called me a pirate. It was kind of a
> bad scene.
> Well anyway, on my walk before leaving for SF this morning I took a tape
> with me that I made in the mid-70s of British Invasion music, Dan Fogelberg
> on the other side.
> I must have run out of British music cause I threw in an old Spike Jones
> song, Der Feurher's Face. It's totally hilarious, and historic. I assume it
> was WWII music for Americans (apologies to any Germans on the list). When I
> came home I immediately fired up Napster and searched for it. Got it.
> Cracked me up 18 times. Somehow a Band song ended up in the search results,
> Rag Mama Rag. So I downloaded it too. I used to love this song, and I still
> Then just for fun I searched for Rag Mama Rag and found that one of my three
> favorite bands, Little Feat, did the song too. I dowloaded it. Listening to
> it now. It's so cool! One of my favorite songs done by one of my favorite
> bands and I didn't even know they did it.
> If only, somehow I could show the people in the music industry that there's
> an art to listening to music. I'm sure they make no money on Der Feurher's
> Face, and the two versions of Rag Mama Rag that I'm listening to now, and
> getting so much pleasure from.
> Why can't we all get what we want?
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