From: Bill Schurk <[log in to unmask]>
> I always liked the attitude of Sophie Tucker who eternally decried herself
> as the "last of the red hot mamas".   Bill Schurk

And during her later years her two record companies, Decca and Mercury,
kept her records in print, paid her royalties, and she personally sold
copies of them at all her shows.  And you couldn't get out of the club
or theater without her autographing them in blue pencil!!!  While she
was living and could storm into their offices they didn't DARE delete
her records!!

Mike Biel  [log in to unmask] 

 From: Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] 
Sent: Friday, June 1, 2012 3:43 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Hang it up, already
One of the important aspects of copyright in recent discussions is that
the performers are often not recipients of income from their early
recordings because the companies own their copyrights and  1) don't have
contracts with the performers which REQUIRE royalties, so they don't pay
any,  or 2) don't have the recordings in print anyway, and 3) refuse to
release or sell the copyrights to the performers so that they can
release and sell them THEMSELVES to get some income.

In other words, some of them are out there performing because they like
to and will not retire till they die, OR they are out there because they
need some income because their record companies are starving them.

Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]  

-------- Original Message --------
Carl Pultz wrote:

> I'm glad he still
has a strong following today, however uneven some of his recorded work
been. Recordings are only one aspect of a musician's work; for many not
adequately representative. Unfortunately, they are accorded too much
importance in many cases, as understandable as that is.

Recordings remind me of the Monty Python animation, where archeologists
up a big toe. "From this fragment, we have reconstructed the entire
prehistoric creature." The toe becomes the nose of a mastodon.

For Neil Young, Inc., there might be little choice but to release
recordings. It becomes a business necessity. He's responsible for many
people's incomes.

Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Hang it up, already
From: Aaron Levinson <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Fri, June 01, 2012 11:48 am
To: [log in to unmask]

I think it's worth reminding folks of one salient point here Tom was
talking about septuagenarians in ROCK bands. He was specifically
decrying the depressing spectacle of one- way splits (ouch) and
arthritic windmills in the context of people who had penned songs with
titles like "My Generation" and other anthems of youth culture. 

I don't believe he was for a second disparaging the performances of
people like the two erstwhile physicians,(Doc Watson or Dr. John)
mentioned in prior exchanges or Ella or any other person that is simply
eligible for AARP Membership. His comment was specific to those artist
who are not gracefully accepting the inevitable passage of time.