Keeping it Real (Grateful Dead)

Friday, December 02, 2005

Dead.net and other things

For the last hour, when I try to load dead.net I only get a lightning bolt on a new orange background. I would guess that something is going on over there. Also I can't post anything at DNC. Hmmmm.....

The petition is still going strong, please sign:
http://new.petitiononline.com/02108108/petition.html

David Gans (http://playback.trufun.com/2005/12/grateful_dead_o.html) says that the folks behind this stunning PR maneuver of taking everything off the archive and then putting the AUDs back up was not deliberate, "Trust me on this: they aren't clever enough to have planned this. Nor are they that devious."

.... I tend to disagree, I believe that Dennis McNally is both clever *and* devious. There has been an unbelievable amount of press covering this whole thing... and three weeks before Christmas. For over 24-hours the related articles were the third most-emailed at the NYtimes. These articles are just from today:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/12/01/entertainment/main1089392.shtml
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4491568.stm
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051202/music_nm/leisure_gratefuldead_dc_2
http://au.news.yahoo.com/051202/2/x1oo.html
http://www.finance.news.com.au/story/0,10166,17435873-462,00.html?from=rss
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1655975,00.html?gusrc=rss

Thank God for Phil and his comments, or I would really think the whole business-money side of things has taken over the Holders Of the Vault/Public Face of the Grateful Dead completely.

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