Having experienced the music business in the 1980s as a musician,
audio engineer, record producer, occasional DJ & concert promoter,
record pressing plant sales & marketing rep, and staff worker for a
PolyGram label, allow me to paraphrase O. Henry:

...As I said before, I dreamed that I was standing near a crowd of
prosperous-looking angels, and a policeman took me by the wing and
asked if I belonged with them.

"Who are they?" I asked.

"Why," said he, "they are the men who hired working-girls, and paid
'em five or six dollars a week to live on. Are you one of the bunch?"

"Not on your immortality," said I. "I'm only the fellow that set
fire to an orphan asylum, and murdered a blind man for his pennies."

To which I would add:

", and pilfered every last nickel I could from young musicians who
didn't know a royalty from a penury."


On Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 1:07 AM, Robert (Jamie) Munro <rjmu...@arjam.net> wrote:
> Dave Crossland wrote:
>> 2009/2/23 Robert (Jamie) Munro <rjmu...@arjam.net>:
>>>> ""Some of them have no pensions and need this money," he said."
>>> Perhaps builders who built buildings in the 1950s should be paid rights
>>> on the labour they used to build the building as long as the buildings
>>> still stand. Or Doctors whose patients continue to be alive.
>> Surely the comparison is with doctors who did the best they could but
>> now their patients are dead, but they ought to be continually paid for
>> the excellent job they did at the time?
> Musicians are only continually paid if the track happened to be a hit
> (or perhaps was used in a film or something) lots of music has been
> recorded in the last 50 years that was just as good as music that became
> a hit but it didn't become a hit due to the vagueness of the music
> industry. The performers of this music won't get any benefit from term
> extension.
> Similarly Doctors and Builders should only be paid while their patients
> are still alive or the buildings are still used, no matter how much
> effort it took to treat the patient or build the building at the time.
> :-)
> Robert (Jamie) Munro
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