Music: November 2006 Archives

Great Music Copyright News


Some of the best news recently has got to be that the UK is not going to extend the copyright on music beyond the current 50 years to a proposed 95 years. The rather random seeming 95 years is because that's what it is in America.

As I've mentioned before, record companies are seemingly unable to make enough cash from their copyrights over a 50 year period. That's why the poor businesses neeeded help doubling it.

Well that seems to be have been knocked on the head (although I'll wait until the official verdict is in). Of course, whilst the first Beatles tracks come out of copyright in the UK in 2013, the songs' composers (or rights holder - so in this instance, Michael Jackson/Sony) still get paid, and will carry on getting money until they've been dead for 70 years (not sure what the means for Lennon/McCartney catalogue when they or their estates don't own it). So it's not as though song writers will be destitute.

Mind you, I don't know how many of his songs, Cliff Richard (one of the campaigners for the increase to 95 years) actually wrote. One way or another, I wouldn't have thought he was very poor. So quite why he feels that I shouldn't be able to do some interesting new things with his early songs, I don't know.

Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band

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Bruce Springsteen & the Seeger Sessions Band

To Wembley Arena (never a fun phrase to type, but it was pretty painless this evening) to see Bruce Springsteen. Now I've got to admit that I'm not a "Bruce" fan. In his heyday he was selling out Wembley Stadium, but we're now in the somewhat smaller Arena - not that the stadium's available of course, since it's a year behind schedule for completion.

But this tour is not about old-skool stadium rock. It's about Springsteen's Seeger Sessions band who are alongside him on his fabulous recent CD. The sound is very much bluegrass/folk/country, and Springsteen is accompanied by sixteen other musicians and singers on stage for the whole concert.

All in all we got 22 songs (according to the set list on the official site) over about two and a half hours.

Springsteen told us on a couple of occasions that he was pleased that "some semblance of sanity" had returned to the States, and performed a brand new song - Long Walk Home - which was very much pointed towards the current state of affairs with American troops.

The band was just wonderful, being completely acoustic, and the whole thing had the feel of a really good night in some slightly larger than normal pub.

I had a great time, like probably everyone else in the arena, and Springsteen and gang really put on a great show with perhaps the highlight being Pay Me My Money Down.

As I returned to Wembley Park station, I was amused to see a woman attempting to sell what I can only describe as headscarves in the colours of the stars and stripes. Even if that might have been Springsteen of old, can you imagine anyone wearing such a garment now?

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