Keeping it Real (Grateful Dead)

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Mickey Hart (the before)

Mickey Hart on file sharing
Mickey Hart, former drummer for the Grateful Dead, is on stage at Web 2.0 right now and making a whole lot of sense. Jeff Mallet from SNOCAP, a digital licensing and copyright management company is also part of the discussion panel to represent the paid model. Some choice quotes from Mickey:

"[The fans] didn't steal it, we gave it away"

"If we ever make a good album, they'll buy that."

"I've probably been recorded more than anyone else."

"We played in the park and we always played better when we played free. I think it's a good thing to share and give people something. Whets their appetite too...if they go to the trouble to bring a machine and tape it, they should have it."

from Niall Kennedy's Weblog

The final nail in the Deadhead coffin

I can very much relate to this story. Since it's publishing Phil Lesh has made a statement that said he was not involved in the decision, and John Barlow has said he is against it.

The beginning, the end

Hi everyone, I just started this petition and am starting this blog so people can talk and debate about the issue here ad infinitum.

Here is the petition:

Grateful Dead music inspires in its fans an extraordinary passion, hence this news of pulling the archive is breaking the heart of thousands of people today. We see the Grateful Dead historically as a representation of something pure and good. In order to love something so much, you have to trust it. Despite the stereotypes and social mockery, we have proudly remained fans of the Grateful Dead for all these years, defending it and ourselves because we knew in our heart that this music we are following is good, and pure. Some say we have no right to protest this mid-game ‘changing of the rules.’ But what those people are not accounting for is the MILLIONS of hours that Deadheads have collectively spent in combining, uploading, remastering, patching flawed recordings.....voluntarily, and out of love, and trusting that it would be shared freely. In our opinion, at this point to stop the free sharing of these recordings is so sad, and so wrong. Jerry is gone, and he has no say, and we all know what he would have said. This is unfair to us. So much work has gone into building the archive. Please let it stand.

You can sign it here: