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GC Down Mexico Way
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 15, 2012

Robert Fripp will be directing an introduction to the Guitar Circle in Mexico in 2013. You can check out the details over on the Guitar Circle website


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Google & Google: Who Makes The Money?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Sep 28, 2013
Thanks to stompalong for sending in this article about MPs criticising Google's stance on dealing with copyright infringement.

Copyright infringement is touched upon in this heartfelt Facebook post* by RTF guitarist, Frank Gambale, who is also unhappy at the streaming services.

Given that both Google and the streaming services depend on a lot of music, doesn't it strike you as odd that it's the musicians who earn the least out of it all?

* Just in case you're not on Facebook here's Frank Gambale's post...

Well, some interesting points being made here. Obviously there needs to be something done. All I can do is take a stand. CDBaby has three tiers of distribution.

The highest tier ( to which I have begun to place all mine as of today ) is distributed to only outlets that pay 50 cents or better per download or use.

The second tier is distribution to anywhere that pays, even if it's a tiny amount ( this is where most of my stuff has been and includes distribution to streaming websites such as Rhapsody and Spotify ).

The third tier is distribute to anywhere and everywhere whether it pays or not.

The arguments I have heard so far do not convince me to change my opinion on this.

One argument about the digital landscape that has changed and that musicians need to change with it is a load of codswallop!

I don't know any people more adaptable than musicians. We have had to survive our entire lives without a safety net, without security, without 401Ks, without health insurance paid by the employers, without handouts. We have survived purely on our own merits, skills and work ethic.

When I posted earlier that 17000 plays of a tune generated a whopping 15 cents in royalty, that is NOT a reflection of, what one person argued, that you have to give people what they want, a catchy hook and that jazz was pop music 50 years ago!! etc...that misses the point entirely. At 17000 downloads a month for just one of my songs ( some 250 published ) I think, is indeed giving folks what they obviously want, the point is, is this a fair return for so many plays?? I think not.

Folks, we as musicians are all shooting ourselves in the foot by adhering to anything but the highest tier from places like CDBaby. Competing amongst ourselves for "exposure" is why we are getting nowhere on this issue. We need a united front.

TThe truth is that it is really a moral issue. Some have said, and I agree, what if we could go to a grocery store, fill up the cart and leave without paying!! How long would the grocery stores be in business then?

Intellectual property is still "property"...meaning, it belongs to someone...and yes, stealing is stealing. If music or movies or books are obtained for free from a file sharing site, it's STEALING folks. Yes, it's STEALING. That's why it's a moral issue. Stealing behind the cloak of the internet anonymously, is still STEALING!!!

If you have ever had your house robbed, you may then have an idea of what it feels like to put your name in Google and witness hundreds upon hundreds of pages of websites that have ALL your belongings (or lifelong works, or books or movies that you slaved over for years to produce etc. ) available for free to anyone who wants them. Think about this folks!! It's a moral issue alright.

I think the only likely outcome of this failing business model for intellectual property for the future is, a steady decline in the quality of music, films and literature in general. Talented people will decide that they are better off selling pizzas, because you can't download a pizza...at least, not yet.

People must get paid for working, it's that basic. The circle is broken. It's not to support lofty lifestyles, it's to make a decent living for a product that has taken a lifetime to achieve the abilities to be able to produce.

That's all I'm going to say on this. I think it's pretty clear where I stand on this issue. And, of course, nothing will change. Tomorrow's another day and that pizza shop is looking more and more like a good move...hahaha...just kidding folks.

FG Out




Ade's Answers
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 27, 2013
Adrian Belew has posted the following Q&A on his Facebook Page in response to the recent changes in King Crimson's line-up.

questions and answers.

q: are you in the new King Crimson planned for next september 2014?

a: no. after 32 years I am no longer in King Crimson.

q: were you asked to be in the new King Crimson?

a: no, I was not. robert informed me in an email that he was starting a 7-piece version of the band. he said I would not be right for what the band is doing.

q: so, how do you feel?

a: "happy with what I have to be happy with". which is quite a lot.

I'm busy creating something I've wanted to create all my life, something which has never been done. FLUX: never the same twice. creatively I'm exploding with new ideas, songs, and music. in 60 days I'll be touring south america with my beloved Power Trio and next spring I'll be touring europe with Crimson Project, which is a celebration of the crimson music
tony, pat, and I have help create. life is great.

q: what would you like to say to crimson fans about the new King Crimson?

a: my advice is to check it out and if you like it: support it.
and on that note: thanks to all of you for your continued support of my music.
cheers!


Wetton Streamed Live
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 26, 2013
My thanks to Kevinz for letting me know that both sets of John Wetton's forthcoming appearance at the Iridium club on October 14th will be streamed live. Webcast details here. 


Classic Fripp
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 26, 2013
My thanks to Frippouille for sending me this link from Classic Rock magazine's website. 


A Life-Changing Experience
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 25, 2013
Jakko Jakszyk has posted the following status update on Facebook:

On the evening of July 15 1971 I sat in row 3 at Watford town hall and watched King Crimson.
It blew my head off.
Robert Fripp and Mel Collins in particular.
It somehow felt that my life had changed as a result.

That seemingly romantic teenage notion came straight back to me 3 weeks ago on the evening of September 4th.
The phone rang. 
It was Robert Fripp.

Did I have time for chat?
 Of course.

He was reforming King Crimson.
7 members.
3 drummers
.
He told me who they would all be. 
Except one.

Would I like to be the 'the primary vocalist and second guitarist?

Jeez
.
Like I said.
 Somehow my life had indeed changed."




King Crimson Mania!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 25, 2013
Well, not quite but news of King Crimson’s return to the frontline has caused quite a considerable amount of excitement on the interwebs in the last 24 hours.

As well as the usual suspects in the world of social media, numerous music sites covered the announcement including Prog and Uncut.

In the Uncut piece Fripp is quoted as saying "“The first performance will take place in either North or South America. There will be rehearsals primarily in England, and the final batch of rehearsals will most likely be in America in August or September 2014. There is a plan to include the UK in the tour dates, but it depends on a number of circumstances. Right now the primary geographical focus is the United States."

The weight of so many fingers clicking onto DGMLive caused the site to temporarily go into meltdown last. Fortunately, Eric Anderson, DGMLive’s tech guru was able to resurrect the site despite being on the hoof.  Stay tuned for more details.

The first performance will take place in either North or South America," Fripp told Uncut. "There will be rehearsals primarily in England, and the final batch of rehearsals will most likely be in America in August or September 2014. There is a plan to include the UK in the tour dates, but it depends on a number of circumstances. Right now the primary geographical focus is the United States."
Read more at http://www.uncut.co.uk/king-crimson-unveil-new-line-up-and-2014-tour-plans-news#g7sD87tBMvQOl4Mh.99
The first performance will take place in either North or South America," Fripp told Uncut. "There will be rehearsals primarily in England, and the final batch of rehearsals will most likely be in America in August or September 2014. There is a plan to include the UK in the tour dates, but it depends on a number of circumstances. Right now the primary geographical focus is the United States."
Read more at http://www.uncut.co.uk/king-crimson-unveil-new-line-up-and-2014-tour-plans-news#g7sD87tBMvQOl4Mh.99

New King Crimson Line-Up Confirmed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Sep 24, 2013
The 8th incarnation of King Crimson will be Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Mel Collins, Jakko Jakszyk and Robert Fripp.

Writing on his (not yet published) dairy for September 24th Fripp notes "The Point Of Crim-Seeing was of a conventional Back Line – Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin, Tony Levin and Pat Matstelotto - reconfigured as the Front Line, with Mel Collins, Jakko Jakszyk and myself as Back Line."

Robert goes on "All the Crims have expressed great excitement at the return to Go! mode. Given the considerable commitments of all members, it will take a year before Crimson is able to perform."
 
Bill Rieflin mentioned to me that he told Jacknife Lee (REM and Robbie Williams’ producer) of the triple drumming, and Jacknife’s reply: Of course. We know what two drummers sound like! I’m hoping we’ll find out, and have a pile of fun doing so."

In his (not yet published) diary for September 7th Fripp begins "dear brother crims, we have one year to prepare for action of the savage variety, and be in Go! mode for september 2014… but essentially, King Crimson is in motion."

Robert expects that they’ll be rehearsing, in full and small group formations over that period.


King Crimson Is GO!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Sep 24, 2013
Robert Fripp’s latest diary update contains the news that King Crimson is back on active duty. Fripp writes:

"This is a very different reformation to what has gone before: seven players, four English and three American, with three drummers.

The Seven-Headed Beast of Crim is in Go! mode."

You can read the whole diary entry here. So far the only publicly confirmed member is Bill Rieflin (ex-Ministry, REM) who Fripp has previously played with on The Repercussions of Angelic Behaviour (alongside Trey Gunn). However, it’s possible to surmise from Fripp’s Sept 5th diary entry, that Tony Levin is also in Crim Go! mode as well.

More details to come...



Boddy Reuter Giveaway
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Sep 24, 2013
Thanks to those nice people at DiN, we have a copy of the very latest album by Ian Boddy and Markus Reuter to give away.



Entitled Colour Division it finds Stick Men's Reuter collaborating once again with leading UK electronic music exponent, Ian Boddy. All you have to do to get your mits on this disc is tell me the name of the last Boddy / Reuter CD released on the DiN label. If that name isn't quite on the tip of your tongue, you might find a hint here. Send your entry, along with your postal address, in an email marked COLOUR to competitions@dgmlive.com. We'll announce the winner on Saturday 28th September. You can read my take on the album over on the blog.



Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Sep 23, 2013
A bit of a rarity here - Robert and Trey working on a piece in 1992 that never made it to a formal release! 


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