Dear Netizens,

Wow. Lots of passionate feedback to my Napster rant - mostly pro, some con. Many people asked permission to reproduce it to send to friends and post on other sites. By all means, go right ahead - one important note before reproducing it:  please send me a fee of $1.25 to cover the cost of... HA HA, just kidding!!! It's FREE! Imagine that. (although, eventually you will be seduced, via subliminal messages, into purchasing Deano's Dishwashing and Denture Cleaning Powder to make your dishes 'and' your teeth shiny and bright. This digital content is tricky stuff, huh?!)

However, I did make one serious omission in the text which I'd like to correct: when referring to the tape/machine royalty paid by manufacturers to the record industry I inadvertently omitted the word 'digital' tape. and 'digital' cassette machines. [see corrected paragraph at the end of this email. Or, for a complete copy of the corrected version of Dean's Napster Rant go to the Newsletter section of the website and click on Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 7, August 13, 2000]

The mistake was regrettable, but the main points remain the same: 1. tape and  tape machines - digital or otherwise -  had absolutely NO measurable negative impact on music sales and 2. the huge bounty received by the Record Industry is still not shared with the artists that create the music in the first place.

I was a little self conscious haranguing you with my admittedly disgruntled anti-record company artist point of view, but you were all very tolerant. So, with that in mind, next month's topic will be "Is there an ongoing conspiracy being conducted jointly by the United State's and Britain's military-industrial complex to undermine the international sale and proliferation of Boobles, Honkblatt's and Boing-D-Boings?" News at 11:00.
O.K. here's a fun tidbit - ready!

Get ready to set your VCR's for Saturday evening, September 16th at 20:55 o'clock. I've just been interviewed by the BBC to appear in a segment of a ten part series airing now on BBC-2 TV entitled 'I Love The '70's'. My brief segment will appear in 1978, the year Lucky Stars and Lydia hit the charts. There was a fly buzzing around the studio all during the interview, that no one could catch, so if I seem a little distracted it's because he kept landing on my nose and I was trying to grab the li'l fella.

Gee wiz, all this TV exposure, you'd think I'm some kind of music icon from the '70's or something. So, when do I get to do a softdrink commercial?

Oh, by the way... Amazingly, there are still tickets available to the upcoming Dean gigs in London and Cambridge, so, if you've got no plans...

Dean Gigs:

Saturday, Sept. 9th [9pm]  -  Cambridge - The Boat Race  - 01223-508533  £10 ORDER
Sunday, Sept. 17th [8pm]  -  London - The Spitz, Spitalfield Market - £15 (info line c/o
Stuart Lyon) 0207-351-2938 ORDER

[ Credit Card orders by phone for Spitz/London gig now available on Ticketweb 020 7771
2000 ]

Click here to ORDER TICKETS. (See GIG section for more info on the Spitz venue)

To order via regular (snail) mail, send a cheque or m.o. payable to 'Dean Friedman'
along with SASE and daytime phone # to:

Dean Friedman Tickets c/o
Stuart Lyon
498a Kings Rd
London  SW10 OLE

Mail Orders received 10 days before the concert date will receive Tickets by return
mail. Late Mail Order Tickets will be held at the venue box office for pickup 1 hour
before gig.

These are the only scheduled UK gigs this year.

Anyway, that's all for now. See you at the gigs.

Be well,


The following is the corrected version of the two paragraphs in my newsletter referring to the 'digital' tape royalty:

"The labels made a similar argument when digital audio tape was first
    introduced. 'Heavens', they insisted, 'everyone will illegally tape recordings and the
    record industry will die. We must stop this dangerous new technology!'. The TV and Film
    industry had the same hysterics earlier over videotape. What actually happened? All
    three industries simply got larger - exponentially, evolving into multi-billion, multi-national
    conglomerates. What copying does occur, it turns out, simply serves to perpetuate
    interest in the content itself, which eventually leads to consumer purchasing.

    Here's the funny thing about the 'illegal tape' scare. When digital cassette tape was first
    introduced, the record labels actually got the US Congress to force digital tape and
    cassette machine manufacturers to pay record companies a royalty on tape and tape
    deck sales to compensate the labels for loss of revenue due to bootlegging. This
    amounts to millions of dollars every year paid by the consumer to digital tape and
    cassette machine manufacturers who pay royalties to the major labels who then pay a
    fair portion of those royalties to the hardworking recording artists who are responsible
    for the music content in the first place. Oops, I was just kidding about the last part;
    actually, the record labels keep their 'tape' windfall and don't give a penny of it to the
    recording artists who's precious rights they were supposedly defending. I'm not familiar
    with the European situation but this continues to this day in the US and I've never heard a
    major or minor recording artist make a peep about it. Most of them aren't even aware
    that it has been going on for years."
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