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Let It Linger

by M.G. Siegler


Buying a Piece of Bob Marley’s Song Catalog, and His Enduring Legacy

On that musical note, two things stuck out in this piece by Ben Sisario talking with Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records:

“Basic publishing is absolutely important, but it’s not very exciting,” said Mr. Blackwell, who speaks in a slow, soft British accent but carries two cellphones that chirp constantly. “But now it is the music business. Record companies used to manufacture, and that was the difference between a record company and a publishing company. All that is really gone now.”

This is not my world, but it strikes me as an ever-increasing uphill battle for the labels to convince artists they're needed -- truly needed -- for something in our current world. Marketing? I guess. Maybe?

For the estate of the pianist Glenn Gould, another client, Primary Wave plans to send a hologram of Gould — who died in 1982 and famously hated playing live — on a concert tour.

Fascinating. Taking over a music catalog to manage is one thing, but getting the rights to use artists' likeness in this way is... well, I'm not sure. (Beyond inevitable, of course.)


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