Happiness and peace is getting more and more out of our reach
'Happiness and peace
Is getting more and more out of my reach
Violence and revolution
Seems to be all that the people wanna preach
You’re gunning down your brothers
Molestin’ your sisters and your mothers in the streets
Whoa-oh the President’s talkin’ ‘bout change
But nobody’s got sense enough to come in out of the rain.’
– from the song ‘Come in Out of the Rain’, (1970) a bonus track from the album ‘Osmium’ by ‘Parliament’
April 29th, 2019
I am looking forward to getting my teeth sunk into my theories about certain types of modern pop music, or commercial folk music as I generally think of it. Rap, and Hip Hop music is looked down upon by many, but its roots come from Funk, Soul, Rock etc… A lot of the Rap albums that were made in the late 1980s and early-to-mid 1990’s contain many looped samples of music mainly from records from the 1970s and 1960s, music the rappers mother or father or guardian would listen to, etc.
When looking at the liner notes, credit is given where credit is due, and whoever owns the rights for the song sampled, will get royalties etc..
There have been controversies before, for example a white rapper who calls himself ‘Vanilla Ice’ used a sample of a Queen/David Bowie song called ‘under pressure’, but claimed it wasn’t a sample of that song, I think he was taken to court and made to pay costs. He was guilty of the Pop music equivalent of plagiarism.
In the sixties and seventies, many bands such as the Rolling Stones would ‘cover’ songs from poor (mainly) black blues and folk singers who didn’t profit from their songs in the 1950’s etc, and royalties were paid to these musicians, that is if the companies who owned the rights to the music didn’t profit instead. I will have to read up about this, as it is very interesting and worth writing a few paragraphs about.
I will be sure to mention Led Zeppelin who were notorious for stealing songs from obscure bluesmen, and not giving credit or royalties where credit and royalties were due. I tend not to listen to them. The first incarnation of Fleetwood Mac were an excellent English blues band and I suspect they would have been a rightfully colossal name in music, if Peter Green and Danny Kirwinhad not become mentally ill because of drug taking (Mainly big amounts of LSD in Germany,) I think...